Power in Transition: The Peaceful Change of International Order

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As this new century progresses, America will not be able to sustain the global preponderance it enjoys today. Over time, a unipolar international system will give way to a world of multiple centers of power, and a more diffuse concentration of power could have adverse global consequences. Although scholars disagree about whether bipolar or multipolar systems are more stable, most agree that both are less stable than unipolar systems.

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Overview

As this new century progresses, America will not be able to sustain the global preponderance it enjoys today. Over time, a unipolar international system will give way to a world of multiple centers of power, and a more diffuse concentration of power could have adverse global consequences. Although scholars disagree about whether bipolar or multipolar systems are more stable, most agree that both are less stable than unipolar systems.

Power in Transition addresses the question of how to prepare for the waning of American hegemony and the resultant geopolitical consequences. Can the impending transition to multipolarity be managed peacefully? Is systemic change possible without war? Under what conditions and through what causal mechanisms can power transitions occur peacefully?

The authors identify past cases of peaceful transition, seek to understand which variables enable major power shifts to occur without war, and draw lessons on how the international community can best manage the coming transition to multipolarity. The analysis focuses on three core issues: how contenders for primacy come to see one another as benign; how they negotiate a mutually acceptable international order; and how they legitimize that order. The authors also reflect on whether the nature of systemic change is itself changing because of social learning and underlying shifts in the character of the international system. Case studies examined include the Concert of Europe, Anglo-American rapprochement at the end of the nineteenth century, and ASEAN.

This volume helps fill a major gap in the literature on peaceful systemic change. It also contributes to efforts within the scholarly and policy communities to establish the means by which peaceful management of coming change in the international system may be achieved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280810592
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Lexile: 1570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles A. Kupchan is Senior Fellow and Director of European Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also an Associate Professor of International Relations at Georgetown University. He was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration. Prior to that, he worked in the U.S. Department of State on the Policy Planning Staff. Emanuel Adler is Associate Professor, Department of International Relations, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jean-Marc Coicaud is head of United Nations University's office at the United Nations in New York. Yuen Foong Khong is a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford University. From 1998 to 2000, he was acting director and professor, Institute of Defence & Strategic Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: Explaining peaceful power transition 1
2 Benign states and peaceful transition 18
3 Negotiating "order" during power transitions 34
4 Legitimacy, socialization, and international change 68
5 Peaceful power transitions: The historical cases 101
6 The Change of change: Peaceful transitions of power in the multilateral age 138
7 Conclusion: The shifting nature of power and peaceful systemic change 159
Contributors 174
Index 175
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    A very nice account of international relations issues

    Emmanuel Adler has made me company during the years and its former editon of this book has been included in the material for my students of IRs. I haven't look inside this new edition but I hope he added some fresh visions concerning the questions of terrorism, international security and islamism. These are - I believe - the great uncertainties of our time and those that the West as such has not provide a decisive response.

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