One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A situation in which states of the world have roughly equal power.
- ‘China, though only two years in the WTO, has shifted the balance of power, possibly permanently.’
- ‘For the first time in history, be it unrecorded, ancient or modern, the world as a whole has no balance of power.’
- ‘Such a buildup could badly upset the balance of power in the region and threaten the peace, Reich asserts.’
- ‘Peace in Europe during the Cold War rested on two pillars that made up the balance of power between the United States and the Soviet Union.’
- ‘As already noted, Soviet power was certainly an important element in the Cold War balance of power in East Asia.’
- ‘This legislation changes the balance of power in corporate New Zealand.’
- ‘It's hard to see how a stable balance of power could be established under these conditions.’
- ‘First, this process would by no means assign Turkey as the new main actor of the regional balance of power.’
- ‘They believe a profound and long term shift of the balance of power away from nation states is underway.’
- ‘For instance, policies of the balance of power might lead to assistance being given to regimes with bad human rights records.’
2The power held by a small group when larger groups are of equal strength.
- ‘Not to be able to do so would mean that the balance of power in the workplace was shifted completely in favour of the employer and away from ordinary working people.’
- ‘They could do whatever they want if they held the balance of power.’
- ‘He believed whatever choice, its impact would not be felt for long as the winners would rule with a minority balance of power.’
- ‘The power structure, in particular the balance of power between the centre and the periphery was in constant need of repair.’
- ‘The balance of power, once held by the consumer-goods companies, has increasingly shifted to the retailers.’
- ‘The great strength of this nation must be used to promote a balance of power that favors freedom.’
- ‘Chelsea's win leaves them the only remaining bastion of power in the south as the balance of power again swings north.’
- ‘When you look at what has happened in the last eight years to the criminal law, there's a massive shift in the balance of power from defence to prosecution.’
- ‘It is necessary to re-examine the balance of power in the running of the different institutions that make up the global architecture.’
- ‘The identity card scheme will cost £3bn and change the balance of power between the individual and the state.’
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