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Evolutionary Processes in World Politics

Systemic Transitions

Past, Present, and Future

Authors: Thompson, W.

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We are all familiar with the popular and academic analyses of the ongoing and future ascent of China. Two of the associated questions are whether and when China might succeed the United States as the lead state in the world system. These are interesting questions, albeit ones that are not likely to be answered in the immediate future. An alternative focus examines instead periods of systemic transition - eras in which it is conceivable that a new leader might emerge at the expense of an older system leader. Framing the question this way presumes that a) future systemic transitions remain a possibility and b) transitions do not occur abruptly but may require several decades to set up structural situations in which a transition might take place. Neither of these assumptions are carved in stone and are open to question. It may be that future systemic transitions are unlikely. Or, it may be that they will not occur as they have in the past. All of these possibilities are assessed from a variety of different perspectives.

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WILLIAM R. THOMPSON is Rogers Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, USA. He is the co-author of Strategic Rivalry: Space, Position and Conflict Escalation in World Politics (2007) and co-editor of Globalization as Evolutionary Process: Modeling Global Change (2008).

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Systemic Transitions
Book Subtitle
Past, Present, and Future
Authors
Series Title
Evolutionary Processes in World Politics
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
William R. Thompson
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61838-1
DOI
10.1057/9780230618381
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60846-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37543-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 294
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations
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