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Title: Great power politics in multipolar systems
Author: Frendem, Mathias Ormestad
ISNI:       0000 0004 6493 7636
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2016
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My dissertation develops Georealism, a theory to explain how great powers behave in international relations. The dissertation has two main goals. One is that it aims to create a uniform theory of international relations, particularly balancing, bandwagoning, alliances, and war. The other is that it intends to explain the behaviour of individual great powers in detail, rather than just systemic outcomes. The basic premise of Georealism is that states face a threat both from their neighbours and from potential hegemons. In four chapters, I explore the implications of this insight on great power behaviour. First, I explain why continental states choose balancing or bandwagoning when faced with a potential hegemon. Second, I look at how offshore states behave towards the continental states to maximize their security. Third, I create a theory of the alliance choices of great power. Last, I explain which great powers go to war with each other and when. All the theoretical implications are well supported by quantitative and qualitative tests taken from various cases of European great power politics from 1683 to 1913. Georealism can indeed predict the behaviour and motivations of individual states with great accuracy on a variety of topics.
Supervisor: Snidal, Duncan Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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