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

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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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An international relations scholar examines whether it's morally acceptable for the United States to act as police officer to the world, and whether there are circumstances under which it has either a right or an obligation to dominate others. She concludes that America's preponderant international influence is a form of governance whose legitimacy must be evaluated in the same way we would evaluate the legitimacy of domestic political arrangements. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300068535
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World's Policeman? 1
Pt. 1 The Moral Relevance of International Hegemony
1 Hegemony 11
2 Anarchy 32
Pt. 2 A Liberal Theory of International Hegemony
3 Global Liberalism 61
4 Contemporaneous Consent 66
5 Ex Ante Consent 91
6 Hypothetical Consent and the Provision of Public Goods 112
7 Substantive Morality 141
8 Global Liberalism and the "New World Order" 167
Pt. 3 A Critical Response
9 Statism 175
10 Beyond Consent 193
Conclusion 217
Notes 225
Index 261
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