Balance of power (19TH CENTURY)

Theory of international relations.

Equality of power between nations is conducive to peace, since it constrains any one nation from engaging in war with another. Thus weak nations may be promoting general stability by arming, but strong nations may destabilize balance by continuing to arm.

The theory has in practice justified deeply complex calculations of comparative military advantage, particularly in relation to nuclear weapons.

Also see: collective security

David Robertson, The Penguin Dictionary of Politics (London, 1986)

Balance of power

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Balance of power may refer to:

  • Balance of power (international relations), parity or stability between competing forces
  • Balance of power (federalism), distribution of power between a central government and its subnational governments
  • Balance of power (parliament), the power exercised by a minor political party whose support enables a minority government to obtain office
  • European balance of power, European international relations before the First World War

In popular culture:

  • Balance of Power (album), a 1986 album by Electric Light Orchestra
  • Balance of Power (band), a British melodic progressive metal group formed in 1995
  • “Balance of Power” (Red Dwarf), a 1988 episode of the TV series Red Dwarf
  • “The Balance of Power” (Minder), an episode of the TV series Minder
  • Balance of Power (Star Trek), a 1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation novel by Dafydd Ab Hugh
  • Balance of Power (video game), a 1985 geopolitical strategy computer game

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