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Great Powers and International Hierarchy

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 1-32
  3. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 61-85
  4. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 87-118
  5. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 119-152
  6. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 153-185
  7. Daniel McCormack
    Pages 187-218
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-246

About this book

Introduction

Hierarchical relationships—rules that structure both international and domestic politics—are pervasive. Yet we know little about how these relationships are constructed, maintained, and dismantled. This book fills this lacuna through a two-pronged research approach: first, it discusses how great power negotiations over international political settlements both respond to domestic politics within weak states and structure the specific forms that hierarchy takes. Second, it deduces three sets of hypotheses about hierarchy maintenance, construction, and collapse during the post-war era. By offering a coherent theoretical model of hierarchical politics within weaker states, the author is able to answer a number of important questions, including: Why does the United States often ally with autocratic states even though its most enduring relationships are with democracies? Why do autocratic hierarchical relationships require interstate coercion? Why do some hierarchies end violently and others peacefully? Why does hierarchical competition sometimes lead to interstate conflict and sometimes to civil conflict?

Daniel McCormack was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His current research focuses on political violence in America.

Keywords

international relations hierarchy international security civil conflict great power conflict weak states autocratic states political history post-World War II

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  1. 1.AustinUSA

About the authors

Daniel McCormack was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. His current research focuses on political violence in America.

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