chapter  4
Power Cycle Theory of Systems Structure and Stability: Commonalities and Complementarities
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Epistemologically, power cycle theory is a way of looking at world politics by reasoning from the evolution of individual state foreign policy to the international system and then, given that perspective, from the international system to the foreign policy behavior of the individual state. International systems inherently are defined by configurational and temporal limits and are, therefore, static. Power cycle notions, which are dynamic, enable analysis to bridge systems and, at the same time, to distinguish the elements that contribute to international political stability. Thus, it provides a different perspective, at once more focused and more encompassing, to old dilemmas, as yet unresolved, regarding systems structure and world order.