274 pages | 8 B/W Illus.
Hegemony and Democracy is constructed around the question of whether hegemony is sustainable, especially when the hegemon is a democratic state. The book draws on earlier publications over Bruce Russett’s long career and features new chapters that show the continuing relevance of his scholarship. In examining hegemony during and after the Cold War, it addresses:
By applying theories of collective action and foreign policy, Russett explores the development of American hegemony and the prospects for a democratic hegemon to retain its influence during the coming decades. This collection is an essential volume for students and scholars of International Relations, American Politics, and US Foreign Policy.
Bruce Russett is one of America's leading international relations scholars, and he has long been interested in how democracy affects world politics. In this collection of his essays --some old, some new -- he focuses on how America's democratic character affects its hegemony. He has no simple answer, but he provides a variety of important insights on the matter. This book deserves to be widely read. - John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.
Exploring the relationships between democracy and hegemony, Bruce Russett deploys a rare combination of rigor and nuance. Filled with insights and evidence, these essays by a master at the top of his game teach us a great deal about central issues of world politics. - Robert Jervis, Adlai E Stevenson Professor of International Politics, Columbia University
Bruce Russett, one of the most influential international relations scholars of the last half century, engages one of the most critical questions of our age – whether a democratic hegemony is sustainable. His essays are theoretically rich, historically broad, empirically rigorous, and methodologically self-conscious. They are essential reading for all serious scholars. - Jack S. Levy, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers University
Russett is one of a handful of the most influential scholars in the field of international relations and has been for several decades. He has amassed a diverse and impressive body of research and writing, in recent years most notably his work refining and testing the theory of the democratic peace. This is a lasting body of work that students in the field will continue to read for a long time to come. - Jack L. Snyder, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, Columbia University
1. A Democratic Hegemon? 2. Democracy, War, and Expansion through Historical Lenses 3. Dimensions of Resource Vulnerability: Some Elements of Rigor in Concept and Policy Analysis 4. U.S. Hegemony: Gone or Merely Diminished, and How Does it Matter? 5. The Real Decline in Nuclear Hegemony 6. The Future as Arbiter of Theoretical Controversies: The Scientific Study of Politics and Predictions with James Lee Ray 7. Courting Disaster: NATO vs. Russia and China with Allan C. Stam 8. A Neo-Kantian Perspective: Democracy, Interdependence and International Organizations in Building Security Communities 9. Democratic Intergovernmental Organizations Promote Peace with Jon Pevehouse 10. Security Council Expansion: Can’t and Shouldn’t 11. Liberalism 12. No Clear and Present Danger: A Skeptical View of the United States Entry into World War II 13. Democracy, Hegemony, and Collective Action
International Editorial Board
Mohammed Ayoob, Michigan State University, Richard Caplan, University of Oxford
Neta Crawford, Boston University, Stuart Croft, University of Warwick, Donatella della Porta, European University Institute, Michael Doyle, Columbia University, Lynn Eden, Stanford University, Takashi Inoguchi, Chuo University and University of Tokyo, Elizabeth Kier, University of Washington, Keith Krause, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Bruce Russett, Yale University, Timothy Sisk, University of Denver, Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto, Stephen Stedman, Stanford University and Mark Zacher, University of British Columbia
This series publishes high quality original research that reflects broadening conceptions of security and the growing nexus between the study of governance issues and security issues. Scholarship published in the series will meet the highest academic standards, and will be both theoretically innovative and policy-relevant. Work appearing in the series will be at the cutting edge of debates taking place at the intersection of security studies and governance studies.