Revisiting responses to power preponderance : going beyond the balancing-bandwagoning dichotomy
Chong, Ja Ian
Date of Issue2003
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Since the 1990s, there has been a growing body of literature in international relations that looks at the unipolar world order that emerged from the ashes of the Cold War. Most of these works, however, tend to focus on describing the characteristics of this unipolar world or predicting its longevity. This working paper contends that such approaches do not pay adequate attention to how non-leading states in the international system are attempting to respond to American primacy of power in this age of unipolarity. The author argues that conventional conceptions of international politics that frame state reactions to superior power within the bounds of balancing and bandwagoning are inadequate to understand how state actors are trying to advance and preserve interests in relation to preponderant American power.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Military and naval science
RSIS Working Papers ; 054/03
Nanyang Technological University