INST 310 Wealth and Power Chapter 3

INST 310 Wealth and Power Chapter 3 - The Tragedy of Great...

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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics ” – Mearsheimer Wealth and Power ” – Chapter 3 Argues that power is based on the particular material capabilities that a state possesses States have two kinds of power: Latent Power: refers to the socio-economic ingredients that go into building military power; it is largely based on a state s wealth and the overall size of its population. It refers to the raw potential it can draw on when competing with rival states. Military Power He defines power in military terms because offensive realism em- phasizes that force is the ultima ratio of international politics Great power wars are won mainly on the ground Power represents nothing more than specific assets or material re- sources that are available to a state Others define power as the ability of one state to force another to do something Strategy is probably the most important non-material factor
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