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Systemic Transitions by William R. Thompson
Book DescriptionWe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780230608467
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 13-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author William R. Thompson
Transition Scenarios, Paperback (October 2013)
China's rising status in the global economy alongside recent economic stagnation in Europe and the United States has led to considerable speculation that we are in the early stages of a transition in power relations. The authors take readers through possible scenarios for future relations between China and the United States.
Handbook of International Rivalries, Hardback (October 2011)
Several dramatic changes in international relations at the end of the 20th century seemed to suggest that rivalries (and the conflicts that often result) between states were receding. The question remains therefore - is conflict increasing or decreasing? This title intends to answer that question. It examines roughly 200 strategic rivalries.
Arc of War, Paperback (October 2011)
An exploration of the evolution of warfare in human history. It provides insight into the perennial questions of why and how humans fight. Beginning with the origins of warfare among foraging groups, it draws on empirical data to enhance our understanding of how war began and how it has changed over time.
Causes of War, Hardback (January 2010)» View all books by William R. Thompson
To avoid war, one must first understand its causes. Written by two highly regarded scholars - both former Presidents of the International Studies Association - this text provides a comprehensive analysis of the leading theories of both interstate and civil war, along with a discussion of the changing nature of war over time.
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Author Biography - William R. Thompson
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).
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