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Conclusion

Joseph M. Parent

in Uniting States

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199782192
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919147 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782192.003.0009
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This concluding chapter provides profiles of the case studies in the work, as well as theoretical and policy implications of the work. It argues that only realism can explain voluntary political unions, and that the logic has purchase on state dissolutions, like the Soviet Union, as well as lesser levels of disintegration, like political polarization in contemporary America.

Keywords: union; unification; realism; balance of power; political polarization; disintegration; fall of the USSR

Chapter.  2676 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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