International System

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of international politics as a system. International relations are to be understood not as the interaction of individual states, but rather as the relations of parts of a system which has a reality distinct from the actions of particular nations.

There is thus an analogy with systems theory in the analysis of domestic politics.

Source:
Graham Evans and Jeffrey Newnham, The Dictionary of World Politics (Hemel Hempstead, 1990)

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