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Polarity, Balance of Power and International Relations Theory

Post-Cold War and the 19th Century Compared

Authors: De Keersmaeker, Goedele

    • Provides inventory of different polarity definitions and their application to the 19th century and the post-Cold War era
    • Offers an analysis of the French multipolar discourse and its comparison with the American (non)-use of polarity
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This book discusses the rise of polarity as a key concept in International Relations Theory. Since the end of the Cold War, until at least the end of 2010, there has been a wide consensus shared by American academics, political commentators and policy makers: the world was unipolar and would remain so for some time. By contrast, outside the US, a multipolar interpretation prevailed. This volume explores this contradiction and questions the Neorealist claim that polarity is the central structuring element of the international system. Here, the author analyses different historic eras through a polarity lens, compares the way polarity is used in the French and US public discourses, and through careful examination, reaches the conclusion that polarity terminology as a theoretical concept is highly influenced by the Cold War context in which it emerged. This volume is an important resource for students and researchers with a critical approach to Neorealism, and to those interested in the defining shifts the world went through during the last twenty five years.

About the authors

Goedele De Keersmaeker is a researcher at the Ghent Institute of International Studies (GIIS). She is a former director of the International Peace Information Service (Antwerp) and of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (Prague). Goedele has a vast experience of educational writing on international relations and security, with particular research interests in a historical approach to international relations. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: Multipolarity and Unipolarity after the Cold War

    De Keersmaeker, Goedele

    Pages 3-9

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  • Polarity: The Emergence and Development of a Concept

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    Pages 11-46

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  • The Bipolar Cold War and Polarity Theory

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    Pages 49-65

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  • The Nineteenth Century: Multipolar, Bipolar or Unipolar?

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    Pages 67-110

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  • Polarity after 1990, a Historical Comparison

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    Pages 111-150

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eBook 83,29 €
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Hardcover 106,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Polarity, Balance of Power and International Relations Theory
Book Subtitle
Post-Cold War and the 19th Century Compared
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-42652-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-42652-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-42651-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82628-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 247
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