9780691122489

After Hegemony : Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy

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  • ISBN13:

    9780691122489

  • ISBN10:

    0691122482

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/28/2005
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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Summary

This book is a comprehensive study of cooperation among the advanced capitalist countries. Can cooperation persist without the dominance of a single power, such as the United States after World War II? To answer this pressing question, Robert Keohane analyzes the institutions, or "international regimes," through which cooperation has taken place in the world political economy and describes the evolution of these regimes as American hegemony has eroded. Refuting the idea that the decline of hegemony makes cooperation impossible, he views international regimes not as weak substitutes for world government but as devices for facilitating decentralized cooperation among egoistic actors. In the preface the author addresses the issue of cooperation after the end of the Soviet empire and with the renewed dominance of the United States, in security matters, as well as recent scholarship on cooperation.

Table of Contents

PREFACE TO THE 2005 EDITION ix
PREFACE xxi
I Questions and Concepts
1 Realism, Institutionalism, and Cooperation
5(13)
2 Politics, Economics, and the International System
18(13)
3 Hegemony in the World Political Economy
31(18)
II Theories of Cooperation and International Regimes
4 Cooperation and International Regimes
49(16)
5 Rational-Choice and Functional Explanations
65(20)
6 A Functional Theory of International Regimes
85(25)
7 Bounded Rationality and Redefinitions of Self-Interest
110(25)
III Hegemony and Cooperation in Practice
8 Hegemonic Cooperation in the Postwar Era
135(47)
9 The Incomplete Decline of Hegemonic Regimes
182(35)
10 The Consumers' Oil Regime, 1974-81
217(26)
IV Conclusion
11 The Value of Institutions and the Costs of Flexibility
243(17)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 260(21)
INDEX 281

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