The end of the Cold War has opened up a 'real world laboratory' in
which to test and refine general theories of international
relations. Using the frameworks provided by structural realism,
institutionalism and liberalism, The Post-Cold War International
System examines how major powers responded to the collapse of the
Soviet Union and developed their foreign policies over the period
of post-Cold War transition. The book argues that the democratic
peace has begun to generate powerful socialisation effects, due to
the emergence of a critical mass of liberal democratic states since
the end of the Cold War. The trend this has produced is similar to
a pattern that classical realists have interpreted as
'bandwagoning' within a unipolar power structure. Case studies of
Germany, China and Japan - identified as key states with the
potential to challenge US dominance - provide evidence to support
the assessment of international change. The author concludes by
exploring the implications of September 11th for the analysis
developed. This important volume argues that the end of the Cold
War was a major historical turning point in the development of
world politics with fundamental implications for the basic way in
which the dynamics of the international system are conceptualised.
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