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Power in the Changing Global Order: The US, Russia and China / Edition 1
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Power in the Changing Global Order: The US, Russia and China / Edition 1

by Martin A. Smith
 

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ISBN-10: 0745634710

ISBN-13: 9780745634715

Pub. Date: 06/19/2012

Publisher: Wiley

Power has been compared to the weather: people discuss it all the time, but very few really understand it. This book seeks to demystify this complex concept by providing students with an incisive and engaging introduction to the shifting configurations of power in the contemporary global order.

Drawing on the work of leading international relations scholars,

Overview

Power has been compared to the weather: people discuss it all the time, but very few really understand it. This book seeks to demystify this complex concept by providing students with an incisive and engaging introduction to the shifting configurations of power in the contemporary global order.

Drawing on the work of leading international relations scholars, philosophers and sociologists, the analysis goes beyond simplistic views of power as material capability, focusing also on its neglected social dimensions. These are developed and explored through a detailed examination of the changing international role, status and capacities of the United States, Russia and China since the end of the Cold War. Far from achieving multipolarity, the book concludes that the contemporary world remains essentially unipolar; America having moved to correct the mistakes of George W. Bush's first term in office, while China and Russia have, in different ways, limited their own abilities to challenge American primacy.

This book will be essential reading for students of international relations and politics, as well as anyone with an interest in the shifting balance of power in the global system.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745634715
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Power in the Changing Global Order

1: Understanding Power

2: Power Resources

3: Hegemony, Unipolarity and the United States

4: The Multipolar Moment? The US and the World in the 1990s

5: A New Era? The George W Bush administration's War on Terror

6: Return to Multilateralism?

7: Russia as a Continuing or Reviving Great Power

8: The Russian Multipolarity Debates

9: China: Rising Power or Constrained State?

10: China, Anti Hegemonism and Harmony

Conclusions

Notes

Index

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