Hegemony Constrained: Evasion, Modification, and Resistance to American Foreign Policy

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In the post-cold war era, the United States has risen to a position of unprecedented dominance in the world and has often pursued a primarily unilateral approach to international policy issues. Hegemony Constrained examines how nations, ethnic and religious groups, and international organizations cope with American hegemony. The chapters reveal the various ways in which foreign actors attempt and sometimes succeed in keeping official Washington from achieving its preferred ...

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Overview

In the post-cold war era, the United States has risen to a position of unprecedented dominance in the world and has often pursued a primarily unilateral approach to international policy issues. Hegemony Constrained examines how nations, ethnic and religious groups, and international organizations cope with American hegemony. The chapters reveal the various ways in which foreign actors attempt and sometimes succeed in keeping official Washington from achieving its preferred outcomes.
An international group of contributors considers how and why a variety of foreigners act strategically to avoid, delay, or change American policy with respect to a broad range of issues in world affairs. Individual chapters analyze the Kurds and Shia in Iraq; the governments of China, Japan, Turkey, and Germany; the G-7; liberalizing the international economy; coping with global warming; regulating harmful tax competition; controlling missile proliferation; limiting public health damage from tobacco; and international public opinion bearing on the politics of responding to a hegemonic America. 
By recognizing and illustrating moves that challenge American unilateralism, Hegemony Constrained provides a framework for understanding and anticipating the goals, motives, and means others in the world bring to their dealings with American hegemony in specific situations. Thus, it offers a corrective to naively optimistic unilateralism and naively optimistic multilateralism.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822959823
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Series: The Security Continuum
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Davis B. Bobrow is professor (emeritus) of public and international affairs and political science at the University of Pittsburgh. He is coauthor of Defensive Internationalism, Policy Analysis by Design, and Understanding Foreign Policy Decisions. Bobrow has served as president of the International Studies Association and is a former member of the U.S. Defense Science Board.

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Table of Contents

1 Strategies beyond followership Davis B. Bobrow Bobrow, Davis B. 1

2 Modes of Iraqi response to American occupation Jeremy Pressman Pressman, Jeremy 20

3 The reluctant ally : German domestic politics and the war against Saddam Hussein Siegmar Schmidt Schmidt, Siegmar 41

4 Soft deterrence, passive resistance : American lenses, Chinese lessons Steve Chan Chan, Steve 62

5 The United States and Turkey : limiting unilateralism Ilter Turan Turan, Ilter 81

6 Resistance to hegemony within the core : domestic politics, terrorism, and policy divergence in the G-7 Thomas J. Volgy Volgy, Thomas J. Kristin Kanthak Kanthak, Kristin Derrick Frazier Frazier, Derrick Robert Stewart-Ingersoll Stewart-Ingersoll, Robert 101

7 Thwarting U.S. missile defense from within the missile technology control regime Dennis M. Gormley Gormley, Dennis M. 120

8 Europa riding the hegemon? : transatlantic climate policy Alexander Ochs Ochs, Alexander Detlef F. Sprinz Sprinz, Detlef F. 144

9 Developmental opposition in international trade regimes : regional groupings and state and civil society coalitions Diana Tussie Tussie, Diana 167

10 U.S. defection from the OECD "harmful tax competition" project : rhetoric and reality Robert T. Kudrle Kudrle, Robert T. 184

11 Saving the world from Big Tobacco : the real coalition of the willing Judith P. Wilkenfeld Wilkenfeld, Judith P. 202

12 International public opinion : incentives and options to comply and challenge Davis B. Bobrow Bobrow, Davis B. 222

13 The implications of constrained hegemony Davis B. Bobrow Bobrow, Davis B. 261

Notes 275

References 299

List of contributors 321

Index 325

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