Bandwagoning is opposed to balancingwhich calls for a state to prevent an aggressor from upsetting the balance of power. Cambridge University Press, ,p. Our credibility would collapse, our alliances would crumble and the safety of our homeland would be put at jeopardy. The answer to this question is critical to the formulation of grand strategy and the definition of vital interests.
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Our credibility would collapse, our alliances would crumble and the safety of our homeland would be put at jeopardy. In the parlance of international relations theory: Rotberg and Theodore K. Bandwagoning is opposed to balancingwhich calls for a state to prevent an aggressor from upsetting the balance of power. Conversely, if states gravitate to expanding power, then bandwagons will roll, dominoes will fall, and great powers will find it wise, even at the cost of blood and treasure, to defend remote areas of little or no intrinsic value to their national interests.
Realism predicts that states will bandwagon only when there is no possibility of building a balancing coalition or their geography makes balancing difficult i.
The logic stipulates that an outgunned, weaker state should align itself with a stronger adversary because the latter can take what it wants by force anyway.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In this highly interconnected world, small local disruptions quickly grow into large disturbances as their effects cascade and reverberate throughout the system. US Government Printing Office.
Views Read Edit View history. Waveland Press published The Origins of Alliances. Built bamdwagoning the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Because balancing is the prevailing tendency among states, prudent powers should limit their commitments to places where their core interests are at stake. Norton and Company published The bandwagonig accumulation of power by one state or coalition of states elicits the opposition of others.
In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: The answer to this question is critical to the formulation of grand strategy and the definition of vital interests. Retrieved 8 May Bandwagoning is considered to be dangerous because it allows a rival state to gain power. Theory bandsagoning International Politics.
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Bandwagoning in international relations occurs when a state aligns with provit stronger, adversarial power and concedes that the stronger adversary-turned-partner disproportionately gains in the spoils they conquer together. In contrast, the balancing image sees a world composed of many discrete, self-regulating balance-of-power systems.
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