Redox reactions

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Hi,

I have a question about redox reactions. What actually causes the transfer of electrons to occur between elements? For example, in the reaction between aqueous Ag+ and solid Cu, why is it more energetically (?) favorable for copper's electrons to transfer to silver, thus creating blue aqueous copper solution and a silver deposit?

I'm just interested in what the "force" is behind the electron transfer... Whether its electronegativity of the elements or something else...

Thanks!
 

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