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America's inadvertent empire [electronic resource] / William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric.

Author/Creator:
Odom, William E.
Publication:
New Haven & London : Yale University Press, c2004.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (304 p.)
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Subjects:
Power (Social sciences) -- United States.
World politics -- 21st century.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- Economic conditions.
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Foreign relations.
United States -- Strategic aspects.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The United States finds itself at the center of a historically unparalleled empire, one that is wealth-generating and voluntary rather than imperialistic, say the authors of this compelling book. William E. Odom and Robert Dujarric examine America's unprecedented power within the international arenas of politics, economics, demographics, education, science, and culture. They argue persuasively that the major threat to this unique empire is ineffective U.S. leadership, not a rising rival power center.America cannot simply behave as an ordinary sovereign state, Odom and Dujarric contend. They describe the responsibilities that accompany staggering power advantages and explain that resorting to unilateralism makes sense only when it becomes necessary to overcome paralysis in multilateral organizations. The authors also offer insights into the importance of liberal international institutions as a source of power, why international cooperation pays, and why spreading democracy often inhibits the spread of constitutional order. If the United States uses its own power constructively, the authors conclude, the American empire will flourish for a long time.
Contents:
Introduction
The sources of American power
An empire of a new type
The military power gap
The demography gap
The economic performance gap
The university gap
The science gap
The media and mass culture gaps
Conclusion.
Notes:
Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Dujarric, Robert.
ISBN:
1-281-72214-6
9786611722142
0-300-13036-8
OCLC:
1121055641
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300130362 doi