- Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Book 132)
- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 21, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1107677750
- ISBN-13: 978-1107677753
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Theory of Unipolar Politics provides an outstanding contribution to our understanding of unipolarity and to current U.S. foreign policy discourse, as well as an impressive structural theory of international politics in its own right."
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Theory of Unipolar Politics provides the first theory of international politics applicable to the post-Cold War world, in which the United States is the sole military great power. According to Dr. Nuno P. Monteiro, contrary to existing views, this type of international system, in which there is no overall balance of power, is both potentially durable and prone to frequent conflict. In fact, Washington must opt between a grand strategy that prolongs its power preponderance but drags it into frequent conflict and one that allows it to avoid war but undermines its military dominance. It can't have both.
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The ultimate goal of every state is simply survival. But for Great Powers it's not enough - they want to maximize its share of world power and eventually dominate the system or their region, as Mearsheimer wrote in his classic book. This is the best way to insure survival. History proves his point. The other great powers will balance against it. Unipolarity is not achievable in my view, it might exist, but will never be be long-lived. But kudos to the author for a rigorous analysis and for starting a conversation and advancing an interesting argument. This narrative, which he advances in his book, is extremely important.