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Systems in Crisis : New Imperatives of High Politics at Century's End - Charles F. Doran

Systems in Crisis

New Imperatives of High Politics at Century's End

Hardcover Published: 26th July 1991
ISBN: 9780521401852
Number Of Pages: 316

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Uncertainty is the watchword of contemporary world politics. Monumental changes are occurring throughout the international system and statespeople are wrestling with peaceful solutions to them. In this book, Charles Doran proposes a managed solution to peaceful change. He presents a bold, original and wide-ranging analysis of the present balance of power, of future prospects for the international political system and of the problems involved in this transformation. Professor Doran demonstrates why such change has often been accompanied by world war and provides new insights into the causes of World War I. Developing a theory of the power cycle, the author reveals the structural bounds on statecraft and shows how the tides of history can suddenly and unexpectedly shift against the state.

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"...a wide-ranging and incisive book...among the most important theoretical and empirical additions to the causes-of-war literature of the past decade." American Political Review

List of tables
List of figures
Preface and acknowledgements
Dynamics Of State Power And Roles: Systems Structure
What is Power Cycle Theory? introducing the main concepts
Measuring national capability and power
The cycle of state power and role
Dynamics Of Major War And Systems Transformation
Critical intervals of the power cycle: why wars become major
Systematic disequilibrium and world war
Dynamics Of General Equilibrium And World Order
Prerequisites of world order: international political equilibrium
World order and systems transformation: Guidelines for statecraft
Systems Transformation And World Order At Century's End
Systems change since 1945: instability at critical points and awareness of the power cycle
Is decline inevitable? US leadership and the systemic security dilemma
Systems transformation and the new imperatives of high politics
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ISBN: 9780521401852
ISBN-10: 0521401852
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 26th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.51  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.63

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