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After VictoryInstitutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars, New Edition$
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G. John Ikenberry

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169217

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169217.001.0001

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An Institutional Theory of Order Formation

An Institutional Theory of Order Formation

(p.50) Chapter Three An Institutional Theory of Order Formation
After Victory

G. John Ikenberry

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the institutional logic of order building and variations in its manifestation. The aftermath of major war presents the winning state with choices. The destruction caused by war and the breakdown of the old order provide opportunities to establish new basic rules and organizing arrangements that are likely to persist well into the future. At such postwar junctures, the leading state has three broad choices. One is to use its power to dominate the weaker and defeated states. A second choice for the winning state is to abandon the other states and simply go home. A third choice is for the leading state to use its commanding power position to gain acquiescence and participation in a mutually acceptable postwar order.

Keywords:   order building, major war, organizing arrangements, leading state, domination, abandonment, power, postwar order

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