Major Powers And The Quest For Status In International Politics: Global and Regional Perspectives

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

EditorThomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith A. Grant

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This book addresses the importance of the status dimension of major powers, the potential for status competition between them, and the aspirations of regional powers to become major global powers. The authors propose a new method of assessing the extent to which both major global powers and regional powers are attributed status, whether or not such status attribution results in status underachievement or overachievement (status inconsistency), and through a variety of cases, explore the consequences of status inconsistencies for international politics. The foundational chapters are supplemented with chapters focusing on individual cases that demonstrate the status concerns of both major global powers and key regional powers.

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This book addresses the importance of the status dimension of major powers, the potential for status competition between them, and the aspirations of regional powers to become major global powers. The authors propose a new method of assessing the extent to which both major global powers and regional powers are attributed status, whethe...

Thomas J. Volgy is a Professor of Political Science in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona and Director of the International Studies Association. His latest book (co-authored) is Mapping the New World Order (2009). Renato Corbetta is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of G...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.64 × 5.74 × 0.84 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780230104648

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Section One: Major Global Powers and Their Status * Major Power Status Attribution:  Conceptual and Methodological Issues--Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith Grant, and Ryan Baird * Global Leader, Global Power, Status Consistent Power: The United States--William R. Thompson * From Underachiever to Overachiever, and Where to Now: Russia as a Major Power--Maria Raquel Freire * From Regional Player to Overachieving Major Power: China--Yong Deng * The Ups and Downs of Major Power Status:  France--Bertrand Badie * Section Two: Regional Powers, Status, and Aspirations for the Global Stage * Regional Powers and Their Status:  Further Conceptual and Methodological Issues--Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith Grant, and Ryan Baird * South American Regional Order: the Growth of Brazil as a Regional Power--Monica Herz * Regional Power Development in a Space Thick with Competing Powers:  India--Rajesh Basrur * Regional Power Development in High Conflict Geopolitical Space:  Iran and its Competitors *  Developing Regional Power Capacity:  South Africa * Section 3: Conclusions:  The Struggle for World Order and the Future of International Politics--Thomas J. Volgy, Renato Corbetta, Keith Grant, and Ryan Baird

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“Few can doubt the importance of the major powers in world politics, both in international history (past and future) and in international theory. This well-integrated volume makes a significant contribution by specifying what a major power is, by measuring status differentiation among the major powers in the post-1945 system, and by offering different analytic perspectives on the ongoing quest for status among global and regional powers."--Jack S. Levy, Board of Governors' Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University, and Senior Associate at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University