the balance of power

the balance of power

The various magnitudes of power and authority being exerted simultaneously between multiple opposing people, groups, or bodies. With the party's huge sweep in the last election, the balance of power has been dramatically shifted in Washington. If they're able to build a functioning nuclear arsenal, the world's existing balance of power could be in danger.
See also: balance, of, power

the balance of power

the situation where the power held by one governing body or adversary is balanced by the power of another. The balance of power was threatened when China captured our airplane.
See also: balance, of, power
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Pierre had managed to start a conversation with the abbe about the balance of power, and the latter, evidently interested by the young man's simple-minded eagerness, was explaining his pet theory.
the balance of power in Europe and the rights of the people," the abbe was saying.
It had started its first newspaper in Japan, and elected its first deputy in Argentina; in France it named members of cabinets, and in Italy and Australia it held the balance of power and turned out ministries.
John knew what was at the back of it, and to hear him engaged with her husband in argument about finance and the balance of power, gave her an odd sense of stability.
I think we were all more or less shaken by the frightfulness of the tragedy--until Olson remarked that the balance of power now rested where it belonged.
Foreign Office's spokesperson Nafees Zakaria clearly remarked that this move is likely to destabilise the balance of power in the region.
1) Although Madison meant all three types of power must not be held by one branch and did not suggest the modern idea that incremental shifts in the balance of power could be unconstitutional, Madison's idea is frequently interpreted today to mean that a particular balance must always be maintained and that it is the courts' duty to maintain it.
Plaid Cymru could hold the balance of power, forcing the government to give Wales a fighting chance.
In the survey CIOs are acknowledging that the balance of power in ICT spending has already shifted decisively and shows no sign of slowing down, as the trend up till now called Shadow IT increasingly takes centre stage: 57% of CIOs think line of business (LOB) colleagues have gained more power over the last 12 months, More than a quarter (28%) admit that LOB colleagues already hold the balance of power in ICT decision-making, taking 50% of decisions or more, 64% believe the trend will continue over the next three to five years (compared with 44% who said the same 12 months ago), Two thirds (66%) report that the IT department is responsible for managing LOB purchased technologies and services.
Assad and his supporters -- Hezbollah and Iran -- understand that the balance of power on the ground is not favoring the opposition.
This phase requires reshaping relations anew, especially as the Arab countries with traditional position in the balance of power are going through difficulties.
From Richard Cobden (1878, 1-21) onward, one element of international relations has had an especially bad press among classical liberals: the balance of power between states, which has been seen as a major cause of war and destruction.
Washington's continued concentration on the balance of power risks disrupting natural power equations, potentially exacerbating the conflict between Iran and the United States and other regional states.
The balance of power is at the heart of the nation-states politics where prudent and rational state elites aim at achieving, if they cannot do even better.
ISLAMABAD, July 14, 2009 (Frontier Star) -- Central Secretary Information Fauzia Wahab has reiterated that PPP led incumbent Government was committed to restore the 1973s constitution in its real spirit by defining the balance of power between the presidency and the Prime Minister.