Imbalance of Power: US Hegemony and International Order

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Now that the clear delineations of the Cold War era are behind us, what are the contours of the international system? And what does the new reality mean for the United States, the acknowledged hegemon? Provocatively applying IR theory to the world of policy analysis, Imbalance of Power showcases current policy debates about the nature of both the international order and the role of the United States within it. The authors bring to life concepts of realism, hegemony, liberalism, and constructivism, making it clear why these ideas are so relevant to understanding the challenges of world politics today. In the process, they address thorny issues of structure versus policy, context versus content, even determinism versus choice - shedding light on the shape of a seemingly amorphous system.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588266132
  • Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Quest for Order in World Politics I. William Zartman Zartman, I. William 1

Pt. 1 US Hegemony

2 The United States: Alone in the World Kenneth N. Waltz Waltz, Kenneth N. 27

3 An Empire, But We Can't Keep It Robert Jervis Jervis, Robert 37

4 From Hegemony to Empire: The Fatal Leap Paul W. Schroeder Schroeder, Paul W. 61

5 Statecraft Today: Regional Predicaments, Global Conundrums Charles F. Doran Doran, Charles F. 89

Pt. 2 International Order

6 Adapting to the Evolving Polyarchy Seyom Brown Brown, Seyom 121

7 Primacy and Other Ways of Shaping World Order Gustav Schmidt Schmidt, Gustav 143

8 Balancing Order and Justice in a Globalized World Farhang Rajaee Rajaee, Farhang 183

9 Resource Competition in the New International Order Michael T. Klare Klare, Michael T. Peter Pavilionis Pavilionis, Peter 203

10 Challenges to World Order After September 11 Francis Fukuyama Fukuyama, Francis 227

Pt. 3 Conclusion

11 The Shape of a Shapeless World I. William Zartman Zartman, I. William 247

Bibliography 257

The Contributors 279

Index 281

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