The Political Consequences of Anti-Americanism

Edited by Richard Higgott, Ivona Malbasic

© 2008 – Routledge

256 pages

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About the Book

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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge/Warwick Studies in Globalisation

What is globalisation and does it matter? How can we measure it? What are its policy implications? The Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick is an international site for the study of key questions such as these in the theory and practice of globalisation and regionalisation. Its agenda is avowedly interdisciplinary. The work of the Centre will be showcased in this new series.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Diplomacy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General