Book Action and reaction in the world system : the dynamics of economic and political power / Thierry de Montbrial.
Publication year: c2013.
Call Number HF1359 .M66 2013
Media class: Book
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press
ISBN: 9780774824729 0774824727 0774824735 9780774824736
Originally published in 2002 under the title: L'action et le système du monde (The action and the system of the world.)
Translated from the French.
Extent: xx, 352 p. ; 24 cm.
"In this book, de Montbrial lays the foundation for a praxeology, or a 'science of action,' to facilitate a better understanding of the dynamics of international problems and a more systematic approach to policy making. A key concept is the 'active unit,' essentially any human group that is comprised of both a common culture and an organizational structure (e.g., state, corporation, NGO, or religious entity). He develops a model to analyze different types of international problems that arise from interactions between different units; he then applies this model to a range of current and historical problems. A major contribution to international relations theory, which was awarded the 2002 Georges Pompidou Prize in its original French edition, this book offers the necessary keys to decrypt the international system in the twenty-first century"--Publisher description.
pt. I. Theory. Active units and praxeological problems : an introduction -- Potency -- Conflicts and their resolution -- The concept of strategy -- The stability of systems of active units -- International relations theory -- The object and nature of economics -- pt. II. Aspects of praxeology. Perspectives on the international system -- Globalization, market economy, and unemployment -- Ideology, culture, and action -- Ethics and politics -- State sovereignty and the international community -- The engineer and the economist -- Strategy, forecasting, and chance -- Appendices. Balance of potency -- Game theory.