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One, unlike some institutionalists, Ikenberry treats power seriously in his work, arguing that institutions are created in part because of the asymmetries of power that existed following World War II. This alleviates the general anxiety of realists toward institutionalists, who commonly argue that these scholars ignore power in their work. They also are order sustainers. Certain years stand out as critical turning points: , , , , and At these junctures, newly powerful states have been given extraordinary opportunities to shape world politics.

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Start your review of After Victory: Order and Power in International Politics Write a review Oct 26, Dewey rated it liked it In After Victory, John Ikenberry examines the attempts of states to create lasting peace through international order after major wars. Arguing that major wars create a new distribution of power, Ikenberry contends that winning states have increasingly had incentives to exercise strategic restraint in post-war agreements to lock-in long-term influence in the international order through institutions that preserve and maintain existing power structures.

Ikenberrys empirical analysis of the In After Victory, John Ikenberry examines the attempts of states to create lasting peace through international order after major wars.

While the three post-war cases presented do not all perfectly fit the constitutional order that best implements strategic constraints on power, Ikenberry effectively shows that winning states have sought to develop a more durable world order by creating binding agreements, that by placing limits on state power can create peace.

To analyze the three empirical cases, Ikenberry first discusses three different explanatory models of order: balance of power, hegemonic, and constitutional. While Ikenberry predominately uses the constitutional framework, he admits that any of the types of order can exhibit characteristics of another. Ikenberry contends that states will seek to order based on constitutional principles to best conserve power in the long term.

Using these frameworks, Ikenberry begins his empirical analysis by looking at the political order that emerged from the Vienna settlement in Moving away from solely balance of power considerations, Britain, the newly hegemonic state, sought to lock in a favorable post-war order and lasting peace by creating legitimacy among all involved states through a pactum de contrehendo.

British subsidies were contingent on allied support of British aims and gave Britain leverage to design the post-war order. Although the Vienna settlement offers evidence of some institutional characteristics, Britain does not appear to have significantly constrained itself in order to lock in the post-war agreement.

In , the United States similarly sought to establish a favorable post-war order by locking states into institutional commitments. Because the United States did not yet possess hegemonic power, its ability to force Britain and France to abandon territorial claims in favor of institutionalism, was limited.

Ikenberry finally examines the peace after The lessons of the peace process coupled with greater American power and domestic acknowledgement that the US needed to prevent European states from going to war with one another led to the creation of significant institutions that have facilitated peace in Europe for over 65 years. The advantage that democratic states have in creating credible commitments due to their democratic processes also exposes them to the vicissitudes of domestic polities.

Democratic governance yields a longer, more precarious process in providing guarantees to other states as in the inability of Britain to provide a general security guarantee in the peace of , the inability of Wilson to convince domestic politicians to sacrifice flexibility and make binding security commitments to Europe in , and the six competing visions for peace by different domestic groups in the US in The book also suggests the importance of a hegemonic state in creating lasting peace.

Finally, US hegemony ameliorated European fears of potential German dominance through security guarantees and granted Europe the ability to rebuild through financial commitments in the Marshall Plan.

While the scope of the book is limited to major wars between great powers, it provides the implications for other wars that peace is limited by the extent that states are able to use the power derived from victory to compel losers to enter into agreements, and get domestic actors to coalesce around strategic restraints.

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After Victory: Order and Power in International Politics

January 1, Dewey In After Victory, John Ikenberry examines the attempts of states to create lasting peace through international order after major wars. Arguing that major wars create a new distribution of power, Ikenberry contends that winning states have increasingly had incentives to exercise strategic restraint in post-war agreements to lock-in long-term influence in the international order through institutions that preserve and maintain existing power structures. While the three post-war cases presented do not all perfectly fit the constitutional order that best implements strategic constraints on power, Ikenberry effectively shows that winning states have sought to develop a more durable world order by creating binding agreements, that by placing limits on state power can create peace. To analyze the three empirical cases, Ikenberry first discusses three different explanatory models of order: balance of power, hegemonic, and constitutional. While Ikenberry predominately uses the constitutional framework, he admits that any of the types of order can exhibit characteristics of another. Ikenberry contends that states will seek to order based on constitutional principles to best conserve power in the long term. Using these frameworks, Ikenberry begins his empirical analysis by looking at the political order that emerged from the Vienna settlement in

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Start your review of After Victory: Order and Power in International Politics Write a review Oct 26, Dewey rated it liked it In After Victory, John Ikenberry examines the attempts of states to create lasting peace through international order after major wars. Arguing that major wars create a new distribution of power, Ikenberry contends that winning states have increasingly had incentives to exercise strategic restraint in post-war agreements to lock-in long-term influence in the international order through institutions that preserve and maintain existing power structures. Ikenberrys empirical analysis of the In After Victory, John Ikenberry examines the attempts of states to create lasting peace through international order after major wars. While the three post-war cases presented do not all perfectly fit the constitutional order that best implements strategic constraints on power, Ikenberry effectively shows that winning states have sought to develop a more durable world order by creating binding agreements, that by placing limits on state power can create peace.

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Here John Ikenberry asks the question, what do states that win wars do with their newfound power and how do they use it to build order? Blending comparative politics with international relations, and history with theory, After Victory will be of interest to anyone concerned with the organization of world order, the role of institutions in world politics, and the lessons of past postwar settlements for today. He has published widely in the field of international relations and has, most recently, coedited American Democracy Promotion: Impulses, Strategies, and Impacts and The Emerging International Relations of the Asia Pacific Region forthcoming. In this pathbreaking book, Ikenberry draws upon novel theoretical insights and historical experience to determine what policies and strategies work best as the United States attempts to lead in the struggles to create a new world order.

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