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American Power in the 21st Century

David Held|, Mathias Koenig-Archibugi| (eds)
Polity (October 2004)

'Gathering together many of the world's best geographical thinkers, this book is essential reading for anyone worried by the impact of American power on global governance. The inclusion of Arab and Chinese perspectives is particularly welcome.'
Charles Grant, Centre for European Reform

America wields a combination of military, economic and cultural power that many consider unprecedented. The way American 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 originates from the 2003 LSE Ralph Miliband Lectures| and 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. 

This book will be of great interest to students and scholar in political science and international relations, as well as those concerned with and by one of the key topics of out time. 

Contributors: Robert Cooper, Michael Cox|, Zhiyuan Cui, Abdelwahab El-Affendi, G John Ikenberry, Robert Kagan, Mary Kaldor|, Michael Mann, Joseph S Nye, Thomas Risse, with an introduction by the editors.


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