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Hierarquia Organizacional: Uma Crítica de Poder e Interdependência

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Translated title of the contributionOrganizational Hierarchy: A Critique of Power and Interdependence
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)198
Number of pages214
JournalBrazilian Journal of International Relations
Issue number1

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Research Groups

  • Brazil Institute
  • War Studies


The article is a critic of Power and Interdependence, published in 1977 by Robert Keohane and Joseph Nye, to expose the book's normative content. It is argued that, contrary to what the authors say, the new political processes that characterise international politics since the beginning of the twentieth century did not result necessarily in the decrease of international hierarchy. On the contrary, international organisations allow articulating other forms of discrimination among the states that cannot be reduced to economic factors or asymmetries of power. The core discussion about hierarchy in Keohane and Nye's work is on the very concept of complex interdependence, which divides the international system between the "advanced" and those that cannot join this group. Therefore, international organisations would not be factors that decrease the hierarchy in the international system but reproduce discrimination through the allocation of "organisationally dependent capabilities".

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