Action and Reaction in the World System: The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power

Action and Reaction in the World System: The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power

By: Thierry de Montbrial (author)Hardback

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This book occupies the same niche as Raymond Aron's 1962 classic, Peace and War. While Aron wrote during the Cold War, Thierry de Montbrial writes about the post-Soviet international system, a system that is multipolar, ideologically heterogeneous, and thus highly unstable. In this book, he lays the foundation for a praxeology, or a "science of action," to facilitate a better understanding of the dynamics of international problems and a more systematic approach to policy making. A major contribution to international relations theory and winner of the 2002 Georges Pompidou Prize, this book offers the necessary keys to decrypt the international system in the twenty-first century.

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Thierry de Montbrial is the president and founder of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and of the World Policy Conference (WPC). This is the first English edition of his award-winning book, which has already been published in seven languages.


Preface to the English Edition PART ONE: THEORY 1 Active Units and Praxeological Problems: An Introduction 2 Potency 3 Conflicts and Their Resolution 4 The Concept of Strategy 5 The Stability of Systems of Active Units 6 International Relations Theory 7 The Object and Nature of Economics PART TWO: ASPECTS OF PRAXEOLOGY 8 Perspectives on the International System 9 Globalization, Market Economy, and Unemployment 10 Ideology, Culture, and Action 11 Ethics and Politics 12 State Sovereignty and the International Community 13 Th e Engineer and the Economist 14 Strategy, Forecasting, and Chance Appendices Notes Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/01/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780774824729
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 752
  • ID: 9780774824729
  • weight: 680
  • ISBN10: 0774824727

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