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Introduction: whither American power?

Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias and Held, David (2004) Introduction: whither American power? In: Held, David and Koenig-Archibugi, Mathias, (eds.) American Power in the Twenty-First Century. Polity Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9780745633473

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Abstract

America wields a combination of military, economic and cultural power that many consider unprecedented. The way America uses this power has repercussions on every major issue of world affairs, including the prospects of regional security, the spread of democratic governance, and the provision of global public goods in economic and environmental domains. This volume explores the questions raised by American power from a variety of perspectives. Is the emphasis laid on military power likely to be self-defeating for the United States in the long run? Is "soft power" or persuasion a more effective way to promote American interests and goals? How is American predominance perceived in Europe, China and the Arab world? Will it last or will other powers coalesce to resist US hegemony? The authors address these and other fundamental questions in rigorous and historically sensitive analyses of this critical juncture in global politics. The book will be of great interest to students and scholars in political science and international relations, as well as all those concerned with and by one of the key topics of our time.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.politybooks.com/
Additional Information: © 2004 Polity Press
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Departments > International Relations
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2009 10:29
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26504/

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