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Hegemony, not anarchy: why China and Japan are not balancing US unipolar power

Van Ness, Peter


The United States today dominates the globe and many regional geographical sub-systems in an unprecedented way, maintaining a hegemonic order that is in no way similar to the ‘anarchy’ assumed in realist analyses. The global system today is not simply unipolar; it is a hegemonic system that is increasingly globalised, in which the basic concepts of realism (anarchy, self-help and power-balancing) provide little guidance or understanding in explaining state behaviour. This essay describes the US...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: International Relations of the Asia-Pacific


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