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Power, Order, and Change in World Politics

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G. John Ikenberry, Charles A. Kupchan, David A. Lake, William C. Wohlforth, Jonathan Kirshner, Michael Mastanduno, Daniel Deudney, Barry Buzan, John A. Hall
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  • Date Published: October 2014
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107072749

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  • 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.

    • Engages with current debates about the current transformation of the global political system, the changing position of the US and the rise of China
    • Showcases an eminent collection of scholars to reflect on central questions in international politics
    • Explores the enduring influence of the ideas of Robert Gilpin's classic book, War and Change in World Politics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is a superb collection of essays by leading scholars of international politics. The essays build upon the pioneering work of Robert Gilpin and center on the themes of change and order, decline and war, power and transition in world politics. I learned much from these well-written and forcefully argued chapters."
    Robert Art, Christian A. Herter Professor of International Relations, Brandeis University

    "Over thirty years ago, Robert Gilpin started a conversation on power and change in international order and we have been in debate ever since. A brilliant crew of scholars offers here a must-read on what we have learned and how we should understand order and change - especially as new world leaders contend with the old in a dynamic era."
    Jeffrey W. Legro, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Taylor Professor of Politics, University of Virginia

    "This collection of essays by leading IR scholars aims to honor and engage with Robert Gilpin's seminal book, War and Change in World Politics (1983). The essays show why Gilpin's treatise is so highly regarded and they offer interesting arguments of their own in the process."
    John J. Mearsheimer, R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107072749
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Power, order, and change in world politics G. John Ikenberry
    Part I. Varieties of International Order and Strategies of Rule:
    1. Unpacking hegemony: the social foundations of hierarchical order Charles A. Kupchan
    2. Dominance and subordination in world politics: authority, liberalism, and stability in the modern international order David A. Lake
    3. The logic of order: Westphalia, liberalism, and the evolution of international order in the modern era G. John Ikenberry
    Part II. Power Transition and the Rise and Decline of International Order:
    4. Hegemonic decline and hegemonic war revisited William C. Wohlforth
    5. Gilpin approaches War and Change: a classical realist in structural drag Jonathan Kirshner
    6. Order and change in world politics: the financial crisis and the breakdown of the US-China grand bargain Michael Mastanduno
    Part III. Systems Change and Global Order:
    7. Hegemony, nuclear weapons, and liberal hegemony Daniel Deudney
    8. Brilliant but now wrong: a sociological and historical sociological assessment of Gilpin's War and Change in World Politics Barry Buzan
    9. Nations, states, and empires John A. Hall.

  • Editor

    G. John Ikenberry, Princeton University, New Jersey
    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).


    G. John Ikenberry, Charles A. Kupchan, David A. Lake, William C. Wohlforth, Jonathan Kirshner, Michael Mastanduno, Daniel Deudney, Barry Buzan, John A. Hall

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