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Power Transition Theory I Structural theory international relations o Wars most likely when dissatisfied nations are about to become most powerful countries in the international system Explain inconsistencies in realist theory o Especially balance of power explanations of war and peace Strengths: explains wider range of behavior than realist approaches Weaknesses: some critics argue that it reasoning is circular Power Transition Theory II Work of AFK Organski 1) Hierarchical International System a. Uneven distribution power i. Dominant power ii. Great powers iii. Middling powers iv. Small powers 2) Dominant nation: controls larges proportion of resources: maintains control of international system i. Power preponderance ii. Structuring system benefit allies to satisfy national aspirations Power Transition Theory III 3) Regional Hierarchies a. within each region: S. America or Middle East b. Regional Hierarchies own distribution of power c. Each region has its own dominant, great, middle and small powers
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