Power in International Relations: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Tuomas Forsberg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations Series book series (PSIR)


Power has traditionally been an extremely important notion in the study of international relations. In particular, the realist school of thought has built around it the whole theory of international relations. Hans Morgenthau (1979 [1948]) wanted to define the study of international politics through interests defined in terms of power. For Kenneth Waltz (1979), distribution of power was the key variable in determining the nature of an international system. John Mearsheimer (2001) regards power as the currency of great-power politics.


International Relation Shared Understanding Ordinary Language Social Power World Politics 
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