Leadership In International Relations: The Balance of Power and the Origins of World War II

Hardcover | September 15, 2010

byAriel Ilan Roth

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After nearly two decades of American hegemony, the balance of power is back as a key force in international politics. This timely book explores the key role that leaders play in the formation of effective balances of power. Using the years before World War II as an example, this book argues that it is not enough to just build weapons in the face a rising danger.  The secret is to build the right weapons. Leaders have to make the call.  British leaders in the 1930s fell short. Will today's leaders do any better? 

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After nearly two decades of American hegemony, the balance of power is back as a key force in international politics. This timely book explores the key role that leaders play in the formation of effective balances of power. Using the years before World War II as an example, this book argues that it is not enough to just build weapons i...

Ariel Ilan Roth is Director of Global Security Studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.  Roth is the author of several articles on international relations theory, nuclear weapons and US foreign policy. Roth's work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, and other prominent journals.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230106900

ISBN - 13:9780230106901

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Table of Contents

Structural Neo-Realism and the British Case * A Qualitative Model of Leadership * Leader: Stanley Baldwin * Leadership Evaluated: Stanley Baldwin * Leader: Neville Chamberlain * Leadership Evaluated: Neville Chamberlain * Conclusion * Epilogue: The Balance of Power in the 21st Century * Appendix I: Biographical Sketch: Stanley Baldwin * Appendix II: Biographical Sketch: Neville Chamberlain

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“In Leadership in International Relations, Ariel Ilan Roth makes an important contribution to the literature on balance of power by restoring the role of leaders and leadership. Examining Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in the 1930s, Roth goes beyond the findings of structural realist theories to account for why Britain did not balance effectively. Roth’s account allows the reader to understand how leaders matter in the formulation and the mechanics of the balance of power.”--Steven E. Lobell, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah“Roth provides a compelling exploration of the interaction between the balance of power and individual leaders. Leadership in International Relations uses rich historical research from 1930s Britain to offer a nuanced description of how leaders can succeed--and fail--in making their countries more secure.”--Daniel Byman, Georgetown School of Foreign Service