Unipolarity and World Politics: A Theory and its by Birthe Hansen

By Birthe Hansen

This new ebook deals a coherent version of a unipolar international order.

Unipolarity is generally defined both as a ‘brief second’ or as whatever traditionally insignificant. even though, we have now already noticeable approximately 20 years of digital unipolarity and this era has been of serious importance for international politics.

Two matters were an important because the finish of the chilly struggle: the best way to theorize the uniqueness and unheard of personality of a unipolar overseas approach? and what's it prefer to behavior nation company in a unipolar international? formerly, a accomplished version for unipolarity has been missing. This quantity offers a theoretical framework for research of the present international order and identifies the styles of results and systematic diversifications to be anticipated. Terrorism and makes an attempt by way of small states to accomplish a nuclear power will not be new phenomena or particular to the present international order, yet when it comes to unipolarity those became hooked up to the terror of marginalization and the fight opposed to a strong centre with no the potential for allying with an alternate superpower.

Supplying a coherent theoretical version for unipolarity, that can offer causes of tendencies and styles within the turbulent post-Cold struggle period, this publication should be of curiosity to scholars of IR thought, foreign defense and international policy.

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Four particular contributions dealt comprehensively with dimensions of unipolarity: Taming American Power (Walt 2005) on the US role and related issues; The United States and the Great Powers (Buzan 2004) on the relationship between the United States and secondary powers; a series of articles in the special issue of World Politics (Vol. 61, no. 1, 2009), which examined the issues of the balancing of power, alliances and legitimacy; and the monograph World Out of Balance (Brooks and Wohlforth 2008) on the absence of power balancing in the light of superior US strength.

Unipolarity is considered to be a variety of the international structure which is used to analyse anarchically organized systems. The existing, useful theory is neorealism which, however, did not previously target unipolarity. Hence, a model appears to be needed. e. their shaping of the dynamics in the system) and the assumption that states seek security. The elaboration and deviations necessitate a number of conceptual changes and additions to the mother theory. The model also benefits from extra-�neorealist conceptual insights in order to describe the world order dimension, but these additions are merely descriptive and do not interfere with the theoretical logic.

Balancing and bandwagoning become less crucial concepts for understanding unipolar politics, because they are predominantly relevant to the analysis of symmetrical relations; that is, the relationships between great powers or between the other states (cf. the distinction drawn by Morrow 1991). In asymmetrical relations, the trade-�offs differ and the behaviour is selected differently. States may choose to rally around the most powerful states instead of balancing them (although they may do so because of local, symmetrical balancing incentives), as they did during the Cold War.

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