Systems in Crisis
New Imperatives of High Politics at Century's End
Charles F. Doran
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print Publication Year: 1991
Online Publication Date:September 2009
Chapter DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511521690.003
The Preface, with broad strokes, captures the main ideas and arguments of this book. The Introduction provides analytic perspective, unravelling deceptively similar concepts and arguments that may obscure that panorama. This chapter sets the focus for understanding, delineating the parameters of the analysis and the steps by which the theory is developed and the policy conclusions derived. From its inception, power cycle theory sought to integrate the great conceptual opposites of international politics: actor versus system; absolute versus relative power; static versus dynamic structural analysis; complementarity versus competitiveness; and state interests versus capabilities. The problem of peaceful change demands holistic assessment.