Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order

Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order

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by G. John Ikenberry
     
 

"John Ikenberry, America's leading scholar of international affairs, brilliantly relates theory to historical change in his timely advocacy of a new U.S. foreign policy."--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies

"Nobody has thought longer or deeper about the nature of the American liberal world order than John Ikenberry. Tough-minded

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"John Ikenberry, America's leading scholar of international affairs, brilliantly relates theory to historical change in his timely advocacy of a new U.S. foreign policy."--Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic and International Studies

"Nobody has thought longer or deeper about the nature of the American liberal world order than John Ikenberry. Tough-minded yet visionary and optimistic, this inspirational volume should become required reading for all those tasked with the great responsibility of steering us to safety through the very choppy international waters into which we are now heading."--Michael Cox, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Liberal Leviathan traces the intimate connections between the emergence of a largely liberal international system and the concentration of global power in the United States in the twentieth century. The marriage of power and principle in the United States has been central to the emergence of the liberal order, but Ikenberry shows that it is also corrosive of that order. As a consequence both of U.S. foreign policy activism and gradual shifts in the distribution of world power, the liberal order faces significant new challenges. This book traces alternative paths through which these challenges might be met."--Barry Posen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Liberal Leviathan offers a masterful deliberation on American power, international change, and the global order. It will no doubt take its place as a seminal volume in international relations, one that helps define the debate about emerging changes in the global distribution of power. I can think of few volumes comparable in their conceptual clarity and ambition. A must-read."--Charles A. Kupchan, author of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace

"Liberal Leviathan is an ambitious, comprehensive, and deeply learned study of the American-led international political order. I am confident that it will stand as a major and lasting contribution to scholarship and to the public conversation about United States foreign policy. This is a big and important book."--William C. Wohlforth, coauthor of World Out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691125589
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/29/2011
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author


G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His books include "After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint", and the "Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars" (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii Chapter One: Crisis of the Old Order 1
Part One: Theoretical Foundations 33
Chapter Two: Power and the Varieties of Order 35
Chapter Three: Power and Strategies of Rule 79
Chapter Four: Unipolarity and Its Consequences 119
Part Two: Historical Origins and Trajectories of Change 157
Chapter Five: The Rise of the American System 159
Chapter Six: The Great Transformation and the Failure of Illiberal Hegemony 221
Chapter Seven: Dilemmas and Pathways of Liberal International Order 279
Chapter Eight: Conclusion: The Durability of Liberal International Order 333
Index 361

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