2007
DOI: 10.1177/1354066107076951
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Abstract: The balance of power is one of the most influential theoretical ideas in international relations, but it has not yet been tested systematically in international systems other than modern Europe and its global successor. This article is the product of a collective and multidisciplinary research effort to redress this deficiency. We report findings from eight new case studies on balancing and balancing failure in different international systems that comprise over 2000 years of international politics. Our finding… Show more

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“…Classic balance of power theory has been a focus of much attention among international relations scientists for more than a century (Hume, 1965;Waltz, 1979;Wohlforth, Little, & Kaufman, et al 2007). Levy (2008:1) considers "The central proposition of balance-of-power theory (albeit one that has never been tested systematically) is that great powers balance against hegemonic threats."…”
Section: Theoretical Approach and Methodologymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Classic balance of power theory has been a focus of much attention among international relations scientists for more than a century (Hume, 1965;Waltz, 1979;Wohlforth, Little, & Kaufman, et al 2007). Levy (2008:1) considers "The central proposition of balance-of-power theory (albeit one that has never been tested systematically) is that great powers balance against hegemonic threats."…”
Section: Theoretical Approach and Methodologymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Laut Mearsheimer ( 1990 ) versuchen Staaten ständig, ihre relative Machtposition auf Kosten anderer Staaten zu verbessern, weswegen Zusammenarbeit höchstens kurzfristig entstehen könnte. Andere Realisten, speziell balance of power -Theoretiker, sind in diesem Punkt weniger pessimistisch und sehen auch Chancen für längerfristige Kooperation, speziell im Angesicht einer Bedrohung durch eine überlegene dritte Macht (Levy 2004, Wohlforth et al 2007.…”
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“…Such contingency approach to researching plausible outcomes of conflicts and strategies has been advocated in the literature [7] [8] [9]. Proposition: contingencies and consequences of the war are negatively affecting Russia more than Ukraine.…”
Section: Theory and Propositionmentioning
confidence: 99%