US Hegemony and International Organizations / Edition 1

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The relationship between a powerful United States of America and some of the central multilateral organizations in global society is an essential feature of contemporary international relations. US Hegemony and International Organizations brings together a range of leading scholars to examine this crucial phenomenon. Its aims are two-fold: to describe and explain US behaviour in and towards a wide range of significant international institutions; and secondly to examine the impact of US behaviour on the capacity of each organization to meet its own objectives. The study explores US behaviour and its consequences for organizations based at the regional as well as the global level, for those located in different regions of the world, and for such issue areas as security, economics, and the environment. Although focusing on the period since the 1990s, each chapter places its findings in a broader historical context.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The volume is well-written and concieved, and the editorship was clearly professional and tightly organized. I unreservedly recommend it to scholars teaching international relations seminars."—Political Science Quarterly
Foreign Affairs
This collection is a solid contribution to the growing literature on unilateralism and multilateralism in American foreign policy. Dealing mostly with the second half of the twentieth century, it covers U.S. relations with both global institutions (such as the UN, the WTO, and the World Bank and IMF) and regional ones (such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Organization of African Unity, and the Organization of American States) and includes chapters by knowledgeable observers such as G. John Ikenberry, Edward C. Luck, Ngaire Woods, and David Malone. The goal of the project, the editors write, was to analyze the sources of U.S. behavior and assess its impact. Their sensible, if less than earth-shattering, conclusion: "America's decisions to cooperate in multilateral forums [are] determined predominantly by the extent to which any specific organization is perceived by important U.S. domestic actors to be an effective and congenial vehicle for the promotion of America's objectives. As for multilateral institutions themselves, they ... operate within the direct and indirect constraints that U.S. instrumentalism imposes."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199261437
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/29/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

St Antony's College, Oxford University

St Anne's College, Oxford University

Dickey Center for International Understanding, Dartmouth College

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Rosemary Foot, Neil MacFarlane, and Michael Mastanduno
Perspectives on the US and MIOs
2. American exceptionalism and international organization: Lessons from the 1990s, Edward C. Luck
3. State power and the institutional bargain: America's ambivalent economic and security multilateralism, G. John Ikenberry
The US and global organizations
4. US-UN relations through the prism of the UN Security Council in the post-Cold War era, David Malone
5. The United States and the international financial institutions: power and influence within the World Bank and the IMF, Ngaire Woods
6. The United States and the GATT/WTO system, Gautam Sen
7. Looking beyond the 'K-word': Embedded multilateralism in US foreign environmental policy, Stephen Hopgood
The US and regional organizations
8. Making Africa safer for capitalism: US policy and multilateralism in Africa, Philip Nel
9. US approaches to multilateral security and economic organizations in the Asia-Pacific, Ralph A. Cossa
10. Trouble in Pax Atlantica? The United States, Europe and the future of multilateralism, David G. Haglund
11. Power multiplied or power restrained? The US and multilateral institutions in the Americas, Hal Klepak
12. Conclusion - Instrumental Multilateralism in US Foreign Policy, Rosemary Foot, Neil MacFarlane, and Michael Mastanduno
Select bibliography

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