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American Unipolarity: The Uneven Distribution of Power

David Andrew Tizzard ()

Global Politics Review, 2017, vol. 3, issue 2, 10-25

Abstract: Polarity is an often used and yet frequently under-analyzed term in International Relations. It is designed in its usage to shed light on the distribution of power in the global system. This paper seeks to understand the order of the world at the systemic level in a descriptive manner while recognizing the challenges that arise from attempting to do so. It comes to the conclusion that the hierarchical structure remains unipolar in form – dominated both materially and ideationally by the United States. Moreover, this unipolarity is likely to continue over the next half a century and see a whole host of nations become more and more organized under the direction of one global power. Whether or not this is desirable remains to be seen.

Keywords: Polarity; Neorealism; Unipolarity; Military Domination; Ideational Control (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Y8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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