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Statecraft and the Balance of Power

David Armstrong

in Revolution and World Order

Published in print June 1993 | ISBN: 9780198275282
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198275285.003.0009
 Statecraft and the Balance of Power

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Several practices serve the balance of power as an institution in international society: alliances, spheres of influence agreements, guarantees, compensation, and arms control arrangements. A balance of power may be seen as a tendency in international affairs or as a deliberate contrivance. Revolutionaries have an ambivalent attitude towards it, since it is something that may be exploited for their own self‐preservation.

Keywords: alliance; arms control; balance of power; compensation; international institutions; international society; revolution; spheres of influence

Chapter.  10238 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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