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The Balance of Power : Stability in International Systems - Emerson M. S. Niou

The Balance of Power

Stability in International Systems

Hardcover Published: 24th November 1989
ISBN: 9780521374712
Number Of Pages: 368

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One of the fundamental issues of international relations concerns whether, and under what conditions, stability prevails in anarchic systems--systems in which all authority and institutional restraints to action are wholly endogenous. This book uses the tools provided by contemporary game theory to develop a comprehensive theory of such systems and details both necessary and sufficient conditions for stability. The authors first define two forms of stability--system and resource stability. International political systems are said to be stable when no state confronts the possibility of a loss of sovereignty. Resource stability, in contrast, requires that the current distribution of wealth and power among states can change only due to differences in the vitality of economics. The theory developed in this book refines the classic balance of power theory and formally incorporates into that theory the consideration of endogenous resource growth, preventive war, war costs, and the imperatives of geography, revealing a fundamental conflict between the concepts of "balancers" and "central powers."

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"The book's contributions to our understanding of international relations are broad and significant...Ordeshook, Niou, and Rose have done a superb job of making the technical aspects of their book easily accessible." Bruce Bueno De Mesquita "This is a volume that no scholar of international relations can safely ignore." Journal of Politics

Basic elements of a model and definitions of stability
System stability and the balance of power
Resource stability and the balance of power
Preventive war
Geography, balancers, and central powers
Great-power alliance formation, 1871-1914
European conflict resolution, 1875-1914
Summary and conclusions
References and selected bibliography on European great-power relations, 1871-1914
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ISBN: 9780521374712
ISBN-10: 0521374715
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 24th November 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71

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