The End of the West?: Crisis and Change in the Atlantic Order

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The past several years have seen strong disagreements between the U.S. government and many of its European allies. News accounts of these challenges focus on isolated incidents and points of contention. The End of the West? addresses some basic questions: Are we witnessing a deepening transatlantic rift, with wide-ranging consequences for the future of world order? Or are today's foreign-policy disagreements the equivalent of dinner-table squabbles? What harm, if any, have events since 9/11 done to the enduring relationships between the U.S. government and its European counterparts?

The contributors to this volume, whose backgrounds range from political science and history to economics, law, and sociology, examine the "deep structure" of an order that was first imposed by the Allies in 1945 and has been a central feature of world politics ever since. Creatively and insightfully blending theory and evidence, the chapters in The End of the West? examine core structural features of the transatlantic order to determine whether current disagreements are minor and transient or catastrophic and permanent.

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"In this must-read book, an outstanding group of scholars tackles one of the most critical international issues of our time: how the transatlantic partnership will evolve in the years to come. To what extent are the forces of change structural and so largely immutable to control; to what extent can policy decisions mold events? Everyone concerned about the future of American political, security, and economic relations with the European Union and NATO is sure to find in The End of the West? compelling arguments for thought and debate."—Tony Smith, Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science, Tufts University

"The End of the West? is the best overview of the transatlantic order in the past decade. The authors of this excellent book take a big-picture approach, addressing the issue from varying theoretical perspectives in a first-rate series of essays. The book should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand the changing transatlantic partnership or its implications for theories of international relations."—Mark A. Pollack, Temple University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801474002
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 2/2/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Explaining the Crisis and Change in Transatlantic Relations: An Introduction
by G. John Ikenberry

2. Inevitable Decline versus Predestined Stability: Disciplinary Explanations of the Evolving Transatlantic Order
by Gunther Hellmann

3. The Ghost of Crises Past: The Troubled Alliance in Historical Perspective
by William I. Hitchcock

4. Iraq and Previous Transatlantic Crises: Divided by Threat, Not Institutions or Values
by Henry R. Nau

5. The Atlantic Order in Transition: The Nature of Change in U.S.-European Relations
by Charles A. Kupchan

6. Trade Is No Superglue: The Changing Political Economy of Transatlantic Relations
by Jens van Scherpenberg

7. The Ties That Bind?: U.S.-EU Economic Relations and the Institutionalization of the Transatlantic Alliance
by Kathleen R. McNamara

8. Crisis, What Crisis?: Transatlantic Differences and the Foundations of International Law
by Michael Byers

9. The Sovereign Foundations of Transatlantic Crisis in the Post-9/11 Era
by Jeffrey Anderson

10. Passions within Reason
by John A. Hall

11. American Exceptionalism or Western Civilization?
by Dieter Fuchs and Hans-Dieter Klingemann

12. The End of the West?: Conclusions
by Thomas Risse


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