Managing Power: The Political Economy of Balancing

Managing Power: The Political Economy of Balancing

by Mark R. Brawley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415493676

ISBN-13: 9780415493673

Pub. Date: 10/22/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book examines traditional balance of power theory from a political-economic perspective, using historical examples, to draw out distinctions between the liberal and realist approach and how this affects grand strategy.

The realist view of the balance of power theory includes implicit assumptions that economic assets can be turned quickly into power, and that

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This book examines traditional balance of power theory from a political-economic perspective, using historical examples, to draw out distinctions between the liberal and realist approach and how this affects grand strategy.

The realist view of the balance of power theory includes implicit assumptions that economic assets can be turned quickly into power, and that states always respond to threats quickly and only with a view to the 'short-run'. These assumptions drive many of the expectations generated from traditional balance-of-power theory, discouraging realists from looking at domestic sources of power, which in turn undermined their ability to frame strategic decisions properly. By thinking about how power must be managed over time, however, we can model the choices policy-makers confront when determining expenditures on defense, while keeping an eye on the impact of those costs on the economy.

By emphasizing the role of the state, identifying different causal patterns in domestic politics, and demonstrating the importance of systemic competition, this book aims to establish why a neo-classical realist approach is not only different from a liberal approach, but also superior when addressing questions on grand strategy.

This book will be of much interest to students of security studies, international political economy, grand strategy and IR theory in general.

Mark R. Brawley is Professor of Political Science at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is author of several books on International Relations, specialising in the connections between political economic issues and security.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415493673
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/22/2009
Series:
Routledge Global Security Studies Series
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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