Anti-Americanism as a concept is confused, often used in a contradictory fashion and invariably driven by emotion rather than intellect. Nevertheless, it casts a long policy shadow with adverse consequences (both real and potential) for actors including those who may not support the concept.
This book puts anti-Americanism into a contemporary context and analyses some of its political consequences. The argument of the book is that ideas matter: they shape actions and have policy consequences. With the case of anti-Americanism, even superficial ideas can reflect deep seated emotions that might, at first sight, appear real. These can range from the rhetorical flourish and smart comment occasioned by a presidential gaucherie through to a deep embedded, visceral hatred of all things American. The contributors to this volume discern the difference between these two ends of the anti-American spectrum and assess the varying degree of ‘political consequence’. Divided into three parts, items addressed include:
- Networks, culture and foundations consisting of the role of influential foundations and think tanks in combating anti-Americanism, and the link between the political establishment in Washington D.C. and the popular culture industry
- Security and Anti-Americanism
- Regional and country Studies, including Canada, Australia, East Asia, Latin America, Greece and France.
The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, international relations, security studies, American politics and American foreign policy.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Theory and Practice of Anti-Americanism: A Brief Introduction Part 1: Networks, Culture and Foundations 2. Americanism and its Critics: From the Congress for Cultural Freedom to the Open Society Institute 3. Combating Anti-Americanism: American Foundations and Public Diplomacy 4. In the Line of Fire: US Think Tanks, the War on Terror and Anti-Americanism 5. Anti-Americanism and Popular Culture 6. Culture or Power Politics? Post-Cold War Anti-Americanism in Russia Part 2: Security and Anti-Americanism 7. Fear and Loathing in Brussels: The Political Consequences of European Anti-Americanism 8. Anti-Americanism and International Security: Indications in International Public Opinion Part 3: Regional and Country Studies 9. A Thermostatic Dynamic? Electoral Outcomes and Anti-Americanism in Canada 10. Allies but not Friends: Anti-Americanism in Australia 11. Anti-Americanism and Regionalism in East Asia 12. US-Latin American Trade Relations: Path to the Future or Dead End Street? 13. Anti-Americanism in Greece 14. Anti-Americanism in France
Richard Higgott is a Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Ivona Malbašic manages the Open Society Fellowship Program at the Central European University (CEU), Hungary.