Testing Balance-of-Power Theory in World History

  title={Testing Balance-of-Power Theory in World History},
  author={William C. Wohlforth and Richard Little and Stuart J. Kaufman and David C. Kang and Charles A. Jones and Victoria Tin-bor Hui and Arthur M. Eckstein and Daniel H. Deudney and William Brenner},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={155 - 185}
The balance of power is one of the most influential theoretical ideas in international relations, but it has not yet been tested systematically in international systems other than modern Europe and its global successor. This article is the product of a collective and multidisciplinary research effort to redress this deficiency. We report findings from eight new case studies on balancing and balancing failure in different international systems that comprise over 2000 years of international… 
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