Is Power The Most Important Concept In Political Studies?

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As an offensive realist my position is that states are the most important actors in International System and have pre-eminent goal of survival and achieving a hegemonic position in the international system. In this essay I will look why concept of power is from such great importance for political actors. By doing that I will especially focus at the connection of states and power to explain why is power the most important concept in political studies. International system consists of many states and therefore the concept of power is relevant and important since there is no central authority to enforce rules and norms of behaving. Since International system consists of many actors, from which the most important is state, power is excersied in relation to another unity,state. In order to survive in international system each state must posses certain amount power. Therefore I will argue, and my thesis will be that power unquestionably is the most important concept in political studies. I will back up my thesis with several arguments and state some examples from which it can be seen why concept power is from such great importance.

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