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Leadership in international relations : the balance of power and the origins of World War II /
Ariel Ilan Roth.
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Mew York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
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xii, 201 p.
ISBN
0230106900 (alk. paper), 9780230106901 (alk. paper)
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Mew York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
isbn
0230106900 (alk. paper)
9780230106901 (alk. paper)
contents note
Structural neo-realism and the British case -- A qualitative model of leadership -- Leader : Stanley Baldwin -- Leadership evaluated : Stanley Baldwin -- Leader : Neville Chamberlain -- Leadership evaluated : Neville Chamberlain.
catalogue key
7311864
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ariel Ilan Roth is the Director of Global Security Studies at The Johns Hopkins University. Roth is the author of several articles on international relations theory, nuclear weapons, and U.S. foreign policy and his work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Security Studies, and other prominent journals.
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"In Leadership in International Relations , Ariel Ilan Roth makes an important contribution to the literature on balance of power by restoring the role of leaders and leadership. Examining Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in the 1930s, Roth goes beyond the findings of structural realist theories to account for why Britain did not balance effectively. Roth's account allows the reader to understand how leaders matter in the formulation and the mechanics of the balance of power."--Steven E. Lobell, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah "Roth provides a compelling exploration of the interaction between the balance of power and individual leaders. Leadership in International Relations uses rich historical research from 1930s Britain to offer a nuanced description of how leaders can succeed--and fail--in making their countries more secure."--Daniel Byman, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
"InLeadership in International Relations, Ariel Ilan Roth makes an important contribution to the literature on balance of power by restoring the role of leaders and leadership. Examining Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in the 1930s, Roth goes beyond the findings of structural realist theories to account for why Britain did not balance effectively. Roth's account allows the reader to understand how leaders matter in the formulation and the mechanics of the balance of power."--Steven E. Lobell, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah"Roth provides a compelling exploration of the interaction between the balance of power and individual leaders.Leadership in International Relationsuses rich historical research from 1930s Britain to offer a nuanced description of how leaders can succeed--and fail--in making their countries more secure."--Daniel Byman, Georgetown School of Foreign Service
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Summaries
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Using the case of British security policy between the world wars, this book argues that an effective balance of power, the key to a stable international system, is a deliberate act of policy
Main Description
After nearly two decades of American hegemony, the balance of power is back as a key force in international politics. This timely book explores the key role that leaders play in the formation of effective balances of power. Using the years before World War II as an example, this book argues that it is not enough to just build weapons in the face a rising danger. The secret is to build the right weapons. Leaders have to make the call. British leaders in the 1930s fell short. Will today's leaders do any better?
Main Description
After nearly two decades of American hegemony, the balance of power is back as a key force in international politics. This timely book explores the key role that leaders play in the formation of effective balances of power. Using the years before World War II as an example, this book argues that it is not enough to just build weapons in the face a rising danger. The secret is to build the right weapons. Leaders have to make the call. British leaders in the1930s fell short. Will today's leaders do any better?
Main Description
After nearly two decades of American hegemony, the balance of power is back as key force in international politics. This timely book explores the key role that leaders play in the formation of effective balances of power. Using the years before World War II as an example, this book argues that it is not enough to just build weapons in the face a rising danger. The secret is to build the right weapons. Leaders have to make the call. British leaders in the 1930s fell short. Will today's leaders do any better?
Main Description
Using the engaging case of British security policy between the world wars, this book argues that an effective balance of power, which is the key to a stable international system, is a deliberate act of policy and that leaders play a determinative role in building an effective balance. After developing a model for effective leadership, the book uses extensive archival data as well as robust secondary literature, to explore how well British leaders in the 1930's performed their core task of security leadership before commenting on the return of the balance of power today and the unchanged challenge of engineering an effective balance that today's leaders must grapple with.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Acronyms and Dramatis Personaep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Structural Neorealism and the British Casep. 17
Leaders and Leadership: A Qualitative Modelp. 41
Leader: Stanley Baldwinp. 51
Leadership Evaluated: Stanley Baldwinp. 77
Leader: Neville Chamberlainp. 91
Leadership Evaluated: Neville Chamberlainp. 123
Conclusions on Leadership and International Relations Theoryp. 143
Epilogue: The Balance of Power in the Twenty-First Centuryp. 157
Biographical Sketch: Stanley Baldwinp. 161
Biographical Sketch: Neville Chamberlainp. 165
Notesp. 167
A Note on Primary Sourcesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 191
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