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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...
Chapter 84: Changes of International Power Relations
Changes of International Power Relations
Power is commonly considered the key concept in international relations, and the international arena is conceived as an achievement of power politics at the global level. Power is considered, in a traditional perspective, as the exclusive attribute of the State. This conceptualization, even though it has been amended several times, is directly inherited from Thomas Hobbes (1996) and his famous metaphor of states struggling among themselves like gladiators. The struggle was particularly strong and dramatic over several centuries, as the gladiators were reputed to be sovereign – free from any legal control – and able to mobilize the amount and nature of power that they needed without any restrictions.