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American Power and World Order, Hardback Book

American Power and World Order Hardback

Part of the Themes for the 21st Century series


In recent years American foreign policy has taken a unilateralist turn.

Confident of Americaa s economic supremacy and cultural magnetism, the Bush administration has embarked on an ambitious mission to further American interests and reshape global order.

In this compelling and insightful book, Christian Reus--Smit offers a sustained critique of the Bush Doctrine and its impact on the United States and the world community.

Far from being a realistic response to the challenges of the post--September 11 global order, Reus--Smit contends that the current neo--conservative approach to foreign policy is deeply idealist and naive.

He argues that the quest to re--establish US hegemony in the contemporary world is based on a flawed understanding of the nature of power and the complexities of the global system.

This has led Washington to pursue policies ill--suited to addressing current sources of global disorder, such as intra--state conflict and transnational violence, inequality, alienation and environmental degradation.

If this trend continues, Reus--Smit warns that it will have serious implications for global order and justice in the 21st Century.


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