For help with data collection I thank Gabriel Uriarte. For comments and advice I thank Glenn Palmer, Jacek Kugler, Pat Regan, Errol Henderson, Cameron Thies, Mark Crescenzi, Mark Peceny, Chris Butler, David Myers, Michael Bernhard, and the anonymous referees selected by the editor.
Power Politics and Wars without States
Version of Record online: 29 SEP 2008
©2008, Midwest Political Science Association
American Journal of Political Science
Volume 52, Issue 4, pages 774–786, October 2008
How to Cite
Lemke, D. (2008), Power Politics and Wars without States. American Journal of Political Science, 52: 774–786. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00342.x
- Issue online: 29 SEP 2008
- Version of Record online: 29 SEP 2008
In order to evaluate the applicability of power politics theories of war and international stability to interactions among nonstate actors, I test hypotheses from power transition theory and from neorealist arguments about systemic polarity against the behavior of 20 state and nonstate actors in nineteenth-century South America. I find considerable support for two of the three hypotheses tested and conclude that existing IR theory has more explanatory power within the empirical domain of nonstate relations than critics of such theory claim.