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Globalization and the National Security State$
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T.V. Paul and Norrin Ripsman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393903

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393903.001.0001

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The Major Powers

The Major Powers

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(p.54) Chapter 3 The Major Powers
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Globalization and the National Security State
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Norrin M. Ripsman (Contributor Webpage)

T. V. Paul (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393903.003.0004

If globalization has truly revolutionized the way states pursue security, then we should expect to see dramatic changes in the security policies of the states that have traditionally been the most important security actors: the major powers. If the national security establishments of these states have been largely immune to the influence of global economic and social forces, then we should question the extent of the “global transformations.” Conversely, if the major powers, which have typically had the most independence internationally and have essentially ruled the security environment, are now powerfully constrained by globalization, then we should have strong evidence in support of the state-in-demise hypothesis. This chapter tests the state-level propositions developed in Chapter 1 against the national security doctrines and practices between 1991-2008 of the three most powerful states in the contemporary international system: the United States, Russia, and China.

Keywords:   United States, China, Russia, globalization, national security, security policy, defense policy

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