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poli sci notes 11.28.2007

poli sci notes 11.28.2007 - 11.28.2007 Balancing states if...

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11.28.2007 - Balancing: states, if they are free to choose, join the weaker of two coalitions o They are less threatening - Bandwagoning: states, if they are free to choose, join the stronger of two coalitions o States generally join the weaker though o This is the opposite - The parable of the nitrogen molecule o For a given mass, at constant temperature, the pressure times the volume as a constant pV=C o System effect: we can make predictions about the system as a whole, even though we cannot make any specific prediction about any single unit in the system Examples: Weather Prices in market Balancing behavior - Fluid alliances o 5 countries—in the long run, these 5 countries will divide up into a roughly equal balance of power o They form alliances so as to balance o Suppose something changes—one state gets stronger Now one coalition is stronger, the system is unbalanced Now one state will leave the stronger coalition and go to the opposing team Balance is restored - Polarity: how many of the most powerful states are there in the system? Or, take
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