Population is one of the concrete bases of politics. It seems justified, therefore, to analyse political developments — in this case the relations among states — in terms of their demographic elements. The work presented here will, more precisely, investigate various ways in which population characteristics or developments may affect the power and behavior of states, and their interactions with each other. The emphasis of this research is by no means intended to minimize or contest the relevance of other factors that contribute to the composition and orientation of nations, or to the make-up and dynamics of the international system.1 Rather, it is intended to add another perspective to the study of international relations, one more point of view from which available ‘knowledge’ about international politics can be verified, or from which new hypotheses can be deduced in order to further the process of theory building. For the demographer, the study aims at achieving greater understanding about the societal dynamics associated with the evolution of human populations, and at adding to available knowledge concerning demographic change.


Foreign Policy International Relation Population Policy International Politics Demographic Evolution 
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© Netherlands Interuniversity Demographic Institute (N.I.D.I.) 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel Leroy
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  1. 1.College of Cape BretonSydneyCanada

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