Deadly Imbalances by Randall Schweller

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This view of state preferences is aptly described by Arthur A. Stein: “States that place preeminent weight on security and do not gamble with it regardless of temptation to do so may, for example, act to maximize assured security rather than expected payoffs. ” Stein, Why Nations Cooperate: Circumstance and Choice in International Relations (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990), p. 90. In rational–choice terminology, this is known as lexicographic preferences: actors have a hierarchy of objectives and maximize in sequence rather than make tradeoffs.

A 2. A 3. A 4. A 5. A = > < = > B B B B B = = = + > C C, A < B + C C C, B = C C, A B + C Definitions 1. Revisionist powers: states that seek to increase their resources and for whom the gains from nonsecurity expansion exceed the costs of war. 2. Status–quo powers: states that seek only to keep their resources and for whom the costs of war exceed the gains from nonsecurity expansion 3. To qualify as a pole, a state must possess at least half of the resources of the most powerful state in the system 4.

Note 18: See Jack L. Snyder, “Introduction: New Thinking About the New International System,” in Snyder and Jervis, Coping With Complexity in the International System, p. 9; Alexander Wendt, “Anarchy Is What States Make of It: The Social Construction of Power Politics, ” International Organization, vol. 46, No 2 (Spring 1992), p. 395. Note 19: Walt, The Origins of Alliances . Note 20: See Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace (New York: Knopf, 1948), esp. chaps.

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