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Empire by denial: the strange case of the United States

Cox, Michael (2005) Empire by denial: the strange case of the United States. International Affairs, 81 (1). pp. 15-30. ISSN 0020-5850

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Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2005.00436.x


The issue of empire has once again become a major political question in American foreign policy discourse. But whereas in the 1960s the discussion was one that mainly concerned the radical left, over the past few years the debate has largely been conducted within neo-conservative circles. The discussion is one that should be taken seriously-in part because of its intrinsically interesting character and in part because of what it tells us about the Bush grand strategy. In the end, though, the issue of whether or not there is-or is not- an American empire, is perhaps of less importance than the fact that most Americans deny that such an empire exists. This has consequences both for the conduct of American foreign policy and for its successful execution.

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Additional Information: © 2005 Wiley-Blackwell
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2009 13:00
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 13:11

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