Power, Order, and Change in World Politics

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 21, 2014 - Political Science - 296 pages
Are there recurring historical dynamics and patterns that can help us understand today's power transitions and struggles over international order? What can we learn from the past? Are the cycles of rise and decline of power and international order set to continue? Robert Gilpin's classic work, War and Change in World Politics offers a sweeping and influential account of the rise and decline of leading states and the international orders they create. Now, some thirty years on, this volume brings together an outstanding collection of scholars to reflect on Gilpin's grand themes of power and change in world politics. The chapters engage with theoretical ideas that shape the way we think about great powers, with the latest literature on the changing US position in the global system, and with the challenges to the existing order that are being generated by China and other rising non-Western states.
 

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Contents

power order and change in world politics
1
the social foundations of hierarchical
19
authority
61
Westphalia liberalism and the evolution
83
Hegemonic decline and hegemonic war revisited
109
a classical realist
131
the financial crisis
162
Hegemony nuclear weapons and liberal hegemony
195
a sociological and historical
233
Nations states and empires
263
Index
286
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G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Co-Director of Princeton's Center for International Security Studies. Professor Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea and, in 2013-14, he will be the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Professor Ikenberry has written and edited several books including After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award presented by the American Political Science Association for the best book in international history and politics and Unipolarity and International Relations Theory (Cambridge, 2011).

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