World Power Assessment 1977: A Calculus of Strategic Drift

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World Power Assessment 1977: A Calculus of Strategic Drift

By Ray S. Cline
Westview Press, 1977
206 pp. $12.75
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An ambitious attempt to calculate national power by assigning index numbers to a range of critical factors, including population, economic strength, military capability, strategic purpose, and national will. As the author's disclaimer acknowledges, the many charts aggregate not data, but judgments. The resultant perceived-power-weights may be less valuable than the suggestion of appropriate factors, together with the sure knowledge that the difference between potential and real power is mobilization.