This title was first published in 2002. This innovative work analyses how the United States has laid down the foundations for global power. It reassesses and re-evaluates the declinist-renewal argument and challenges conventional balance of power theories, demonstrating how the United States is attempting to ’hegemonically globalise’ the entire international system. To evaluate the success of hegemonic globalisation, the book analyses four major powers and regions - Russia, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the European Union (EU), and Japan - and their historical, political, economic, cultural and geopolitical relations with the United States. Each study examines the tangible and intangible sources of their relationship, and the possible tensions and resistance towards United States hegemony therein. Providing much-needed insight and a fresh perspective, this book makes a worthwhile contribution to our understanding of contemporary international power.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction: An analysis of the United States’ global strategy in the emerging world order. Theory and Methodology: A conceptual framework and principles of inquiry; An inquiry into power; An inquiry into Hegemony. The Debate and the Challenge: The ’design’ of the international system and ’the US Hegemony’ after the collapse of the Bretton Woods’ fixed exchange rate system; Balance of power or Hegemony?; Hegemonic globalization: the United States and the integration of the great powers. The Contenders in the Emerging World Order: Russia: ’Political backlash without economic conversion?’; The PRC and the U.S. in the 21st century: ’Preventing the clash of civilizations’; The European Union: the ’Grand plan’ or just ’Hanging together’; U.S. -Japan relations: ’The anchor in the East’; U.S. grand strategy in the emerging world order: ’The sun and its planets’. Conclusion: Hegemonic globalization: ’The highest stage of capitalism’?; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
Thanh Duong, Doctor of International Relations/International Political Economy Member of British International Studies Association. Assistant lecturer (1997). Researcher in China (1998). Research in the USA (1998). Researcher in USA (2001)
’The war in Afghanistan raises in the most acute fashion possible the central question of our time - and possibly of the new millennium: to what extent does the United States still dominate in the international system? There have been many attempts to resolve this conundrum, but none more illuminating and challenging than that advanced in this sophisticated study. Looking behind the headlines Thanh Duong reveals the deeper sources of US hegemony and why earlier talk of America’s decline as a great power was so much hot air. Essential reading for anybody wishing to understand how and why the 21st century might be American too.’ Professor Michael Cox, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK ’Duong’s book is a careful study of US foreign policy and its relations with...leading entities.’ Turkkaya AtaÃ¶v '...contains a number of valuable insights and highlights many useful sources...' International Studies Review