Hegemony and Democracy

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This book brings together a collection of leading IR scholar Bruce Russett’s work to explore American hegemony from during the Cold War to the 21st Century, and to ask whether this is sustainable for a democratic state. It features new and unpublished material, as well as classic essays making this a must-have collection.

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Bruce Russett is one of America's leading international relations scholars, and he has long been interested in how democracy affects world politics. In this collection of his essays —some old, some new — he focuses on how America's democratic character affects its hegemony. He has no simple answer, but he provides a variety of important insights on the matter. This book deserves to be widely read. - John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

Exploring the relationships between democracy and hegemony, Bruce Russett deploys a rare combination of rigor and nuance. Filled with insights and evidence, these essays by a master at the top of his game teach us a great deal about central issues of world politics. - Robert Jervis, Adlai E Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University

Bruce Russett, one of the most influential international relations scholars of the last half century, engages one of the most critical questions of our age – whether a democratic hegemony is sustainable. His essays are theoretically rich, historically broad, empirically rigorous, and methodologically self-conscious. They are essential reading for all serious scholars. - Jack S. Levy, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers University

Russett is one of a handful of the most influential scholars in the field of international relations and has been for several decades. He has amassed a diverse and impressive body of research and writing, in recent years most notably his work refining and testing the theory of the democratic peace. This is a lasting body of work that students in the field will continue to read for a long time to come. - Jack L. Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415575706
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/11/2011
  • Series: Security and Governance Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Russett is Dean Acheson Professor of Political Science and Professor in International and Area Studies, Macmillan Center, Yale University, and has edited the Journal of Conflict Resolution since 1972. He has been president of the Peace Science Society (International) (1977-79) and the International Studies Association (1983-84). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2002 he received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University.

In the 2008 TRIP Survey of International Relations Faculty in Ten Countries, Bruce Russett was rated 12th on the list of international relations scholars whose work has had the greatest influence on the field of IR in the past 20 years and the 5th most influential IR scholar whose work has had the greatest influence on US foreign policy in the past 20 years.

According to the Essential Science Indicators analysis on armed conflict research over the past decade, the #1 slot belongs to Dr. Bruce Russett, with 15 papers cited a total of 537 times, and three of these papers appear on the list of the 20 most-cited papers in the topic over the past decade. In Essential Science Indicators, Dr. Russett’s record includes 23 papers cited a total of 653 times over the past 10 years in the field of Social Sciences. He has authored 25 books and 230 articles throughout his career.

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Table of Contents

1. A Democratic Hegemon? 2. Democracy, War, and Expansion through Historical Lenses 3. Dimensions of Resource Vulnerability: Some Elements of Rigor in Concept and Policy Analysis 4. U.S. Hegemony: Gone or Merely Diminished, and How Does it Matter? 5. The Real Decline in Nuclear Hegemony 6. The Future as Arbiter of Theoretical Controversies: The Scientific Study of Politics and Predictions with James Lee Ray 7. Courting Disaster: NATO vs. Russia and China with Allan C. Stam 8. A Neo-Kantian Perspective: Democracy, Interdependence and International Organizations in Building Security Communities 9. Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations Promote Peace with Jon Pevehouse 10. Security Council Expansion: Can’t and Shouldn’t 11 Liberalism 12. Democracy, Hegemony, and Collective Action

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    Posted November 16, 2012


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