Status in World Politics

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T. V. Paul, Deborah Welch Larson, William C. Wohlforth
Cambridge University Press, Apr 7, 2014 - Political Science - 306 pages
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Rising powers such as Brazil, China, India, Russia, and Turkey are increasingly claiming heightened profiles in international politics. Although differing in other respects, rising states have a strong desire for recognition and respect. This pioneering volume on status features contributions that develop propositions on status concerns and illustrate them with case studies and aggregate data analysis. Four cases are examined in depth: the United States (how it accommodates rising powers through hierarchy), Russia (the influence of status concerns on its foreign policy), China (how Beijing signals its status aspirations), and India (which has long sought major power status). The authors analyze status from a variety of theoretical perspectives and tackle questions such as: How do states signal their status claims? How are such signals perceived by the leading states? Will these status concerns lead to conflict, or is peaceful adjustment possible?

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Status Considerations in International Politics
Durkheimian Poles and Weberian
Status Dilemmas and Interstate Conflict
Status Signaling Multiple Audiences and Chinas
International Institutional Privileges
Status Conflict Hierarchies and Interpretation Dilemmas
Status Authority and the End of the American Century
Why Status Matters in World Politics

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T. V. Paul is James McGill Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.

Deborah Welch Larson is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

William C. Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government in the Department of Government at Dartmouth College.

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