Although it has been more than a decade since the Cold War global structure collapsed, neither scholars nor policymakers have clearly identified its replacement. What is the new world order, ask Thomas Volgy and Alison Bailin; and in the midst of declining state strength, who sustains it? They find their answers in the system collectively constructed by the major powers. The authors consider both the nature of state strength and the changing capabilities of the states most likely to construct global architecture. Demonstrating that the traditional structures of global order - hegemony, bipolarity, and multipolarity - are inconsistent with existing and projected patterns of state strength, they present a provocative alternative model that reflects the "creeping incrementalism" of multilateral institutions and the "institutionalized group hegemony" of the G-7 states. In their final chapter, they explore the weaknesses of the present architectural arrangements and discuss alternative scenarios.
Thomas J. Volgy is professor of political science at the University of Arizona and executive director of the International Studies Association. Alison Bailin is currently doing research with the G8 Research Group at the University of Toronto.
Practicing Agnosticism Around Passionate Believers. Who Cares?: The Salience and Contours of Global Architecture. The Three Faces of State Strength. Assessing State Strength Among the Major Powers. "Creeping Incrementalism" and "Group Hegemony": State Strength and the New World Order. Gazing Through the Crystal Ball: The Stability of Today's Architecture. What If: Another Round of Architectural Enhancements for a New World Order?
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