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Lecture9908 - Balance of power theory anarchy is remedied...

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Balance of power theory – anarchy is remedied by balance of power Defensive realists o Realists would say that it is irrational not to arm yourself About necessity Still have to arm oneself, even though you may not plan to use  the arms Because live in anarchy If observe someone stockpiling weapons you have to do  something to prepare yourself for the worst Actors in balance of power theory can form alliances and these are  made of actors of about equal power Weaker states would rather be on the weaker side because they do not  want to be coerced o Called balancing When weaker states join with larger, more powerful states
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