Absolute gain (international relations)


Absolute gain (international relations)

As a part of liberal international relations theory, absolute gain is a term used to describe how (primarily) states will act in the international community. The theory says that international actors will look at the total effect of a decision on the state or organization and act accordingly. The international actor's interests not only include power ratios but also encompass the economic and cultural effects of an action as well. The theory is also interrelated with a non-zero-sum game which proposes that through use of comparative advantage, all states who engage in peaceful relations and trade can expand wealth.

This differs from theories that employ relative gain, which seeks to describe the actions of states only in respect to power balances and without regard to other factors, such as economics. Relative gain is related to zero-sum game, which states that wealth cannot be expanded and the only way a state can become richer is to take wealth from another state.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Relative gain (international relations) — Relative gain, in international relations, describes the actions of states only in respect to power balances and without regard to other factors, such as economics. In international relations, cooperation may be necessary to balance power, but… …   Wikipedia

  • Absolute gain — may refer to:*Absolute gain (physics) *Absolute gain (international relations), as a part of liberal international relations theory …   Wikipedia

  • International relations theory — attempts to provide a conceptual model upon which international relations can be analyzed. Each theory is reductive and essentialist to different degrees, relying on different sets of assumptions respectively. As Ole Holsti describes them,… …   Wikipedia

  • international relations — a branch of political science dealing with the relations between nations. [1970 75] * * * Study of the relations of states with each other and with international organizations and certain subnational entities (e.g., bureaucracies and political… …   Universalium

  • Constructivism (international relations) — International relations theory  • Idealism  Liberalism   …   Wikipedia

  • international trade — Introduction       economic transactions that are made between countries. Among the items commonly traded are consumer goods, such as television sets and clothing; capital goods, such as machinery; and raw materials and food. Other transactions… …   Universalium

  • International recognition of Kosovo — Kosovo This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Kosovo Political status of Kosovo Declaration of independence …   Wikipedia

  • New International Political Economy — International Political Economy (IPE) can be defined as a Neo Marxist theory that focuses on the phenomenon of international inequalities and analyzes the universal effects of neo colonialism. IPE is a combination of international relations and… …   Wikipedia

  • Chile–Peru relations — Chile Peru relations Chile …   Wikipedia

  • Theory of International Politics — is a 1979 international relations theory book, written by Kenneth Waltz that elaborated a new theory, the neorealist thory of international relations, and surpassed the cognitive limitations of the past. Taking into account the influence of… …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.