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The Power of Nations: The Political Economy of International Relations
The Power of Nations: The Political Economy of International Relations
By Klaus Knorr
Basic Books, 1975, 353 pp

This is a masterful treatise "in the old tradition of political economy," rare these days. It is very satisfying to see the comprehensive and systematic discussion of all forms of power and influence and the carefully measured assessment of their effects. Economic factors are seen as a necessary base for power but mostly not very effective instruments of coercion. Two long and judicious discussions of interdependence and the imperialism-neocolonialism issue stretch the framework a bit, but are of first-rate interest. (A shorter version, Power and Wealth: The Political Economy of International Power, appeared in 1973.)