American Hegemony: Political Morality in a One-Superpower World / Edition 1

American Hegemony: Political Morality in a One-Superpower World / Edition 1

by Lea Brilmayer, L. Brilmayer
     
 

Is it morally acceptable for one nation to police the world? Are there circumstances under which one nation has either the right or the obligation to dominate the others? This important and timely book is the first to examine these and other moral issues raised by America's status as the sole world superpower after the end of the Cold War.

"In this fascinating and

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Is it morally acceptable for one nation to police the world? Are there circumstances under which one nation has either the right or the obligation to dominate the others? This important and timely book is the first to examine these and other moral issues raised by America's status as the sole world superpower after the end of the Cold War.

"In this fascinating and well-written book, Brilmayer makes a nuanced argument about the conditions under which hegemony could be considered benign. American Hegemony will be rewarding reading for historians, international lawyers, and philosophers as well as political scientists."-Robert O. Keohane, Stanfield Professor of International Peace, Harvard University

"An original, creative, and convincing book. . . . Her thesis is . . . philosophically and politically attractive. If adopted and implemented by democratic leaders in their conduct of foreign policy, the world would be a better place. . . . With this book, Lea Brilmayer confirms the important place that her work already enjoys in the literature."-Fernando R. Tesón, Michigan Journal of International Law

"Brilmayer...displays real virtuosity as an analytical philosopher."-Foreign Affairs

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300068535
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The World's Policeman?1
Pt. 1The Moral Relevance of International Hegemony
1Hegemony11
2Anarchy32
Pt. 2A Liberal Theory of International Hegemony
3Global Liberalism61
4Contemporaneous Consent66
5Ex Ante Consent91
6Hypothetical Consent and the Provision of Public Goods112
7Substantive Morality141
8Global Liberalism and the "New World Order"167
Pt. 3A Critical Response
9Statism175
10Beyond Consent193
Conclusion217
Notes225
Index261

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