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Definition of Balance of power

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state of equilibrium between different forces, condition in which one element is not dominant over another
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balance of power
balance of power. (politics), such an adjustment of power among sovereign states that no one state is in a position to interfere with the independence of the others; international equilibrium; also, the ability ( of a state or a third party within a state) to control the relations between sovereign states or between dominant parties in a state...
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1. an equilibrium of power between nations
(hypernym) equilibrium
Balance of power Definition from Social Science Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Sociology
The theory that military conflict can be avoided if both sides have roughly equivalent military 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

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The balance of power theory in international relations suggests that national security is enhanced when military capability is distributed so that no one state is strong enough to dominate all others. If one state becomes much stronger than others, the theory predicts that it will take advantage of its strength and attack weaker neighbors, thereby providing an incentive for those threatened to unite in a defensive coalition. Some realists maintain that this would be more stable as aggression would appear unattractive and would be averted if there was of power between the rival coalitions.

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