Systemic Transitions: Past, Present, and Future by W. ThompsonSystemic Transitions: Past, Present, and Future by W. Thompson

Systemic Transitions: Past, Present, and Future

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Hardcover | February 13, 2009

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We are all familiar with the popular and academic analyses of the ongoing and future ascent of China.  Two of the associated questions are whether and when China might succeed the United States as the lead state in the world system.  These are interesting questions, albeit ones that are not likely to be answered in the immediate future.  An alternative focus examines instead  periods of systemic transition – eras in which it is conceivable that a new leader might emerge at the expense of an older system leader.  Framing the question this way presumes that a) future systemic transitions remain a possibility and b) transitions do not occur abruptly but may require several decades to set up structural situations in which a transition might take place.  Neither of these assumptions are carved in stone and are open to question.  It may be that future systemic transitions are unlikely.  Or, it may be that they will not occur as they have in the past.  All of these possibilities are assessed from a variety of  different perspectives.

William R. Thompson is Rogers Professor of Political Science at Indiana University.  He is the co-author of Strategic Rivalry: Space, Position and Conflict Escalation in World Politics (2007) and co-editor of Globalization as Evolutionary Process: Modeling Global Change (2008).
Title:Systemic Transitions: Past, Present, and FutureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pagesPublished:February 13, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

How Might We Know a Systemic Transition is Underway? Clues for the 21st Century--William R. Thompson * PART I: Past * Relative Decline: Why Does it Induce War or Sustain Peace?--Steve Chan & Brock Tessman * State Type and Transitions in Hegemony: The Impact of Technologically-Driven Geopolitical, Economic, and Politico-Military Boundary Problems--Peter J. Hugill * Structural Preludes to Systemic Transition since 1494--William R. Thompson * Falling Down: An  Empirical Test of Dynamic Differentials Theory, 1500-1999--Michael Lee * PART II: Present * Searching for Changing Organizational Architecture during Global Transitons: Where is the Post-Cold War Order?--Thomas J. Volgy, Keith A. Grant & Elizabeth Fausett * Whether and How Global Leadership Transitions Will Result in War: Some Long-term Forecasts from the Steps-to-War Explanation--John Vasquez * Implications of Asia’s Rise to Global Status--Jacek Kugler & Ronald Tammen * Kantian Dynamics and Systemic Transitions: Can International Organizations Influence U.S.-China Conflict?--David Rapkin and William R. Thompson * Explorations of Connections between Energy Use and Leadership Transitions--David J. LePoire * PART III: Future * The Evolutionary Trajectory of the World System toward an Age of Transition--Tessaleno C. Devezas * Cities in Transitions and Transformations: Exploring a Jacobsean Approach to Macro-Social Change--Peter J. Taylor * Scale Transitions and the Evolution of Global Governance since the Bronze Age--Christopher Chase-Dunn, Richard Niemeyer, Alexis Alvarez & Hiroko Inoui