War and Change in World Politics

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Cambridge University Press, 25 nov 1983 - 272 pagine
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War and Change in World Politics introduces the reader to an important new theory of international political change. Arguing that the fundamental nature of international relations has not changed over the millennia, Professor Gilpin uses history, sociology, and economic theory to identify the forces causing change in the world order. The discussion focuses on the differential growth of power in the international system and the result of this unevenness. A shift in the balance of power - economic or military - weakens the foundations of the existing system, because those gaining power see the increasing benefits and the decreasing cost of changing the system. The result, maintains Gilpin, is that actors seek to alter the system through territorial, political, or economic expansion until the marginal costs of continuing change are greater than the marginal benefits. When states develop the power to change the system according to their interests they will strive to do so- either by increasing economic efficiency and maximizing mutual gain, or by redistributing wealth and power in their own favour.

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Another not-just-for-political-scientists read. If all academic tomes were this good, Nicholas Kristof wouldn't be writing articles about the so-called irrelevance of our discipline. Leggi recensione completa

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[Disclaimer: This is a snapshot of my thoughts on this book after just reading it. This is not meant to serve as a summary of main/supporting points or a critique – only as some words on how I engaged ... Leggi recensione completa


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Stability and Change
Growth and Expansion
Equilibrium and Decline
Hegemonic War and International Change
Change and Continuity in World Politics
Change and War in the Contemporary World

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Informazioni sull'autore (1983)

Robert Gilpin is the Eisenhower Professor of Public and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton University. He is the author of many books, including "The Political Economy of International Relations" and "The Challenge of Global Capitalism: The World Economy in the Twenty-First Century" (both Princeton).

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