Book review: Power, Order and Change in World Politics (edited by J. Ikenberry)4 October 2015
Book review:Power, Order, and Change in World Politics. by G. John Ikenberry, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 308 pp. $32.99
“Are the cycles of rise and decline of power and international order set to continue?”, G. John Ikenberry asks in the introduction of this remarkable collection of essays about global order, in which a group of scholars based in the Anglosphere reflect on Robert Gilpin’s famous book War and Change in World Politics, published in 1981.
According to Gilpin,differential rates of growth among states assure that no power will be on top forever. This dynamic is enhanced by the fact that non-hegemonic powers do not need to bear the cost of international leadership, thus having another advantage over …