9780262524551

Primacy And Its Discontents

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  • ISBN13:

    9780262524551

  • ISBN10:

    0262524554

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-02-28
  • Publisher: Mit Pr

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The unprecedented military, economic, and political power of the United States has led some observers to declare that we live in a unipolar world in which America enjoys primacy or even hegemony. At the same time public opinion polls abroad reveal high levels of anti-Americanism, and many foreign governments criticize U.S. policies. Primacy and Its Discontents explores the sources of American primacy, including the uses of U.S. military power, and the likely duration of unipolarity. It offers theoretical arguments for why the rest of the world will-or will not-align against the United States. Several chapters argue that the United States is not immune to the long-standing tendency of states to balance against power, while others contend that wise U.S. policies, the growing role of international institutions, and the spread of liberal democracy can limit anti-American balancing. The final chapters debate whether countries are already engaging in "soft balancing" against the United States. The contributors offer alternative prescriptions for U.S. foreign policy, ranging from vigorous efforts to maintain American primacy to acceptance of a multipolar world of several great powers. Contributors:Gerard Alexander, Stephen Brooks, John G. Ikenberry, Christopher Layne, Keir Lieber, John Owen IV, Robert Pape, T. V. Paul, Barry Posen, Kenneth Waltz, William Wohlforth

Table of Contents

The Sources and Prospects of American Primacy
The Stability of a Unipolar World
Command of the Commons
The Military Foundation of U.S. Hegemony
Primacy and Balancing in Theory and Practice
The Unipolar Illusion
Why New Great Powers Will Rise
Christopher Layne
The Unipolar Illusion Revisited
The Coming End of American Hegemony
Christopher Layne
Structural Realism after the Cold War
Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Persistence of the American Postwar Order
Transnational Liberalism and U.S. Primacy
New Responses to American Primacy
Soft Balancing against the United States
Soft Balancing in the Age of U.S. Primacy
Hard Times for Soft Balancing
Waiting for Balancing
Why the World Is Not Pushing Back
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