In the Den of Nations: Power Transition and Regional Rivalry Development.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The actual study of how rivalries develop is 'uncharted territory', in essence, the field of rivalries has focused much its analysis in regards to long term rivalries. When a conflict between two sides is long term, consisting of multiple confrontations spanning sometimes over decades, it is easier to analyse due to the extensive information that would be available, but this fails to answer the most important question of 'why'? To measure and understand why these rivalries are initiated, I have chosen to take power transition theory and apply it to the concept of regional rivalries to see if it can be extended to help explain why they develop. The reality for most cases is that the rivals in terms of their actual position as measured by power transition theory, are not at a point of parity, but this is due to the need to extend power transition theory so that it can fit the realities of a regional context. Can power transition theory be extended to give an explanation that helps us understand this phenomenon?