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Reconceiving the balance of power: a review essay

Zhang, F. (2011) Reconceiving the balance of power: a review essay. Review of International Studies, 37 (02). pp. 641-651.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Cambridge University Presss
Copyright: © British International Studies Association 2010
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