Power & Interdependence

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-10
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A landmark work of international relations theory, Power and Interdependencefirst published in 1977 and posited a radically comprehensive explanation of the mechanics driving world affairs#x13;#x1C;power politics#x1D; on one hand and #x1C;complex interdependence#x1D; on the other hand. #xA0; This widely influential book reexamined the military and economic interests of state and non-state actors, and in an argument made before the end of the Cold War, the authors broadened the prevailing realist worldview of the time and anticipated many of the developments in our modern era of globalization. With a new preface by the authors and a foreword by Fareed Zakaria that looks at world affairs after the Cold War, the terrorist attacks of September 11, and the global financial crisis, Power and Interdependenceis required reading for all students of international relations.

Author Biography

Robert O. Keohane is Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University.


Joseph S. Nye is University Distinguished Service Professor at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Preface to First Editionp. xvi
Preface to Second Editionp. xix
Preface to Third Editionp. xxiii
Preface to Fourth Editionp. xxvii
Understanding Interdependencep. 1
Interdependence in World Politicsp. 3
The New Rhetoric of Interdependencep. 5
Interdependence as an Analytic Conceptp. 7
Power and Interdependencep. 9
International Regime Changep. 16
Realism and Complex Interdependencep. 19
The Characteristics of Complex Interdependencep. 20
Multiple Channelsp. 21
Absence of Hierarchy among Issuesp. 22
Minor Role of Military Forcep. 22
The Political Processes of Complex Interdependencep. 24
Linkage Strategiesp. 25
Agenda Settingp. 26
Transnational and Transgovernmental Relationsp. 28
Role of International Organizationsp. 29
Explaining International Regime Changep. 32
An Economic Process Explanationp. 32
Overall Power Structure Explanationp. 35
Eroding Hegemonyp. 35
Limitations of an Overall Structure Explanationp. 39
Issue Structurep. 42
Limitations of Structural Explanationsp. 44
An International Organization Modelp. 46
Combining Explanationsp. 49
Regime Change in Oceans and Moneyp. 53
The Politics of Oceans and Money: Historical Overviewp. 55
The International Monetary Issue Areap. 57
The International Gold Standard Before 1914p. 58
International Monetary Regimes, 1920-76p. 63
The Oceans Issue Areap. 75
Defining the Issue Areap. 76
The Classical Free Seas Regimep. 78
Regime Periods, 1920-75p. 79
The Changing Agenda of Oceans Politicsp. 83
Conclusionp. 84
Complex Interdependence in Oceans and Moneyp. 85
The Conditions of Complex Interdependencep. 85
Role of Forcep. 85
Absence of Hierarchy among Issuesp. 90
Multiple Channels of Contactp. 93
Money, Oceans, and Complex Interdependencep. 96
The Political Process in Money and Oceansp. 97
Goals of Actorsp. 98
Instruments of State Policyp. 102
Agenda Formationp. 103
Linkage of Issuesp. 104
Roles of International Organizationsp. 106
Conclusionp. 107
The Politics of Rule-Making in Oceans and Moneyp. 110
Economic Processes and Regime Changep. 110
Overall Structure and Regime Changep. 112
Erosion of the Oceans Regimep. 113
International Monetary Regimesp. 115
Issue Structure and Regime Changep. 117
International Monetary Issue Areap. 119
Oceans Politicsp. 122
International Organization and Regime Changep. 125
Oceans Politicsp. 126
The International Monetary Areap. 129
Limits of Systemic Explanations: Domestic Politics and Leadershipp. 131
Conclusionp. 135
Regimes and Two Bilateral Relationshipsp. 141
United States Relations with Canada and Australiap. 143
Canadian-American Relations and Complex Interdependencep. 144
Australian-American Relations and Complex Interdependencep. 149
Identifying Issues and Outcomes: Canada-United Statesp. 155
Identifying Issues and Outcomes: Australia-United Statesp. 166
Comparing the Politics of Agenda Formationp. 171
Accounting for Differences in Outcomesp. 173
Regime Change: Alternative Explanationsp. 179
The United States and Complex Interdependencep. 187
Coping With Interdependencep. 189
Explanatory Models and Conditions of World Politicsp. 189
Power in Complex Interdependencep. 192
Trends Toward Complex Interdependencep. 193
Leadership in Complex Interdependencep. 196
Multiple Leadership and Policy Coordinationp. 198
Building the Legitimacy of International Regimesp. 200
International and Domestic Organizationp. 201
Conclusionp. 207
Globalism and the Information Agep. 209
Power, Interdependence, and the Information Agep. 211
The Information Revolution and Complex Interdependencep. 213
Information and Powerp. 216
The Paradox of Plenty and the Politics of Credibilityp. 219
Power, Interdependence, and Globalismp. 224
Globalization and Interdependencep. 225
The Dimensions of Globalismp. 226
Thick Globalism: Made in America?p. 229
Connectivity, Sensitivity, Vulnerabilityp. 231
Illustrating Interdependence and Globalismp. 234
Contemporary Globalism: What's New?p. 236
Density of Networksp. 236
Reduced Communications Costs and Institutional Velocityp. 239
Transnational Participation and Complex Interdependencep. 240
Is Distance Becoming Irrelevant?p. 242
Globalization and the End of the Cold Warp. 244
The End of the Cold War and the Dimensions of Globalismp. 244
Conjunctural Politics and The Americanization of Globalismp. 246
Politics, Equity, Power, and Governancep. 247
Globalism and Domestic Politicsp. 248
Equity and the Political Effects of Increasing Inequalityp. 250
Power and Networksp. 252
Governance of Globalismp. 254
Second Thoughts on Theory and Policy (1989)p. 259
Afterwordp. 261
Principal Themes of Power and Interdependencep. 261
The Research Program of Power and Interdependence: A Critiquep. 266
Interdependence and Bargainingp. 267
Complex Interdependencep. 269
International Regime Changep. 272
Limitations of Structural Theory: Systemic Political Processesp. 275
Perceptions and Learningp. 278
Conclusionp. 280
Two Cheers for Multilateralismp. 282
The Need for Regimesp. 284
Unrealistic Visionsp. 286
Do Not Try to Recapture the Pastp. 286
Ask Whether the World Really Needs Itp. 287
Build on Shared Interestsp. 288
Use Regimes to Insure against Catastrophep. 289
The Best Enforcement Is Self-Enforcementp. 289
Look for the Right Momentp. 290
Use Regimes to Focus U.S. Attention on the Futurep. 291
Regime Maintenancep. 292
United Nations Peacekeepingp. 293
International Debtp. 293
Exchange Ratesp. 293
Notesp. 295
Indexp. 319
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