America's Inadvertent Empire / Edition 1

America's Inadvertent Empire / Edition 1

by William E. Odom, Robert Dujarric
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300107714

ISBN-13: 9780300107715

Pub. Date: 05/11/2005

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300107715
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

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

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