Westphalian System of Interstate Relations: Criteria and Transformations

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2010-3-13-27

R. Zuikov, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, 117997, Russian Federation (RZuikov@yandex.ru)

Abstract. The article deals with the issue of the Westphalian international system structure (the 17th–20th cc.) and its transformation under the influence of globalization (the late 20th – early 21st cc.). A comparative analysis of international relations in these two periods is carried out on the basis of the Westphalian system criteria discovering. As a result, a conclusion on the qualitative transformation of this system is drawn: it has turned from being a balance of power system guaranteeing the sovereignty of states preservation into the institutional-political system of world processes regulation.

Keywords: Westphalian system, interstate relations, leading states, “G7/G8”

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For citation:
Zuikov R. Westphalian System of Interstate Relations: Criteria and Transformations. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2010, no. 3, pp. 13-27. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2010-3-13-27

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