America's Inadvertent Empire / Edition 1

America's Inadvertent Empire / Edition 1

by William E. Odom, Robert Dujarric
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300107714

ISBN-13: 9780300107715

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

The United States finds itself at the center of a historically unparalleled empire, one that is wealth-generating and voluntary rather than imperialistic, say the authors of this compelling book. William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric examine America’s unprecedented power within the international arenas of politics, economics, demographics, education, science,

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The United States finds itself at the center of a historically unparalleled empire, one that is wealth-generating and voluntary rather than imperialistic, say the authors of this compelling book. William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric examine America’s unprecedented power within the international arenas of politics, economics, demographics, education, science, and culture. They argue persuasively that the major threat to this unique empire is ineffective U.S. leadership, not a rising rival power center.
America cannot simply behave as an ordinary sovereign state, Odom and Dujarric contend. They describe the responsibilities that accompany staggering power advantages and explain that resorting to unilateralism makes sense only when it becomes necessary to overcome paralysis in multilateral organizations. The authors also offer insights into the importance of liberal international institutions as a source of power, why international cooperation pays, and why spreading democracy often inhibits the spread of constitutional order. If the United States uses its own power constructively, the authors conclude, the American empire will flourish for a long time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107715
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
1,200,147
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Sources of American Power11
2An Empire of a New Type36
3The Military Power Gap64
4The Demography Gap97
5The Economic Performance Gap124
6The University Gap161
7The Science Gap188
8The Media and Mass Culture Gaps196
Conclusion204
AppThe Debate to Date219
Notes225
Bibliography257
Index277

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