Incoherent Empire

Incoherent Empire

by Michael Mann
     
 

George W. Bush's White House is set on an imperial policy that is impossible to successfully implement, argues Mann (sociology, U. of California at Los Angeles). He identifies the power resources available to aspiring hegemons—military, political, economic, and ideological—and suggests that the United States is weak in all but the military sphere. The result…  See more details below

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George W. Bush's White House is set on an imperial policy that is impossible to successfully implement, argues Mann (sociology, U. of California at Los Angeles). He identifies the power resources available to aspiring hegemons—military, political, economic, and ideological—and suggests that the United States is weak in all but the military sphere. The result will be a "disturbed, misshapen monster stumbling clumsily across the world." The danger is more in policy failure and increased violence and disorder than general imperial collapse. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields ‘power but not authority’ and has succumbed to ‘ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.’ This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”—Chalmers Johnson
Chalmers Johnson
“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859845820
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/17/2003
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.02(d)

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Chalmers Johnson
Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.

Meet the Author

Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social Power, Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD, and Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760–1914.

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