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Political Science General

Action and Reaction in the World System

The Dynamics of Economic and Political Power

by (author) Thierry de Montbrial

UBC Press, Presses Universitaires de France
Initial publish date
Jul 2013
General, Globalization, Economic Conditions
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    Publish Date
    Jul 2013
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2013
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This book occupies the same niche as Raymond Aron’s 1962 classic, Peace and War. While Aron wrote during the Cold War, Thierry de Montbrial writes about the post-Soviet international system, a system that is multipolar, ideologically heterogeneous, and thus highly unstable. In this book, he lays the foundation for a praxeology, or a “science of action,” to facilitate a better understanding of the dynamics of international problems and a more systematic approach to policy making. A major contribution to international relations theory and winner of the 2002 Georges Pompidou Prize, this book offers the necessary keys to decrypt the international system in the twenty-first century.

About the author


  • Commended, The Hill Times List of Top 100 Best Books for 2013

Contributor Notes

Thierry de Montbrial is the president and founder of the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and of the World Policy Conference (WPC). This is the first English edition of his award-winning book, which has already been published in seven languages.