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Reconceiving the balance of power: a review essay


Richard Little's new book has considerably widened the scope for thinking about the balance of power in International Relations (IR), both by beginning to provide a conceptual history of the idea and by expanding existing balance-of-power models. His concept of the associational balance of power is an important corrective to the prevailing realist understanding of the balance of power. However, Little does not explore more fully the relationship between the balance of power as a myth and a reality. Moreover, the usefulness of distinction between adversarial and association balance of power is not given a direct evaluation against the historical record, nor is his own composite model of the balance of power partly based on the distinction fully developed.

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Stuart J. Kaufman , Richard Little , and William C. Wohlforth (eds), The Balance of Power in World History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Michael Sheehan , The Balance of Power: History & Theory (London: Routledge, 1996)

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Kenneth Waltz , ‘The Emerging Structure of International Politics’, International Security, 18:2 (Fall1994), pp. 4479

Waltz, ‘Structural Realism after the Cold War’, International Security, 25:1 (Summer2000), pp. 541

Peter J. Katzenstein and Nobuo Okawara , ‘Japan, Asian-Pacific Security, and the Case for Analytical Eclecticism’, International Security, 26:3 (Winter2001/2002), pp. 153185

William C. Wohlforth , ‘The Stability of a Unipolar World’, International Security, 24:1 (Summer1999), pp. 541

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