Liberal Leviathan The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order

ISBN-10: 0691156174
ISBN-13: 9780691156170
Edition: 2011
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List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/26/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408

In the second half of the twentieth century, the United States engaged in the most ambitious and far-reaching liberal order building the world had yet seen. This liberal international order has been one of the most successful in history in providing security and prosperity to more people. But in the last decade, the American-led order has been troubled. Some argue that the Bush administration, with its war on terror, invasion of Iraq, and unilateral orientation, undermined this liberal order. Others argue that we are witnessing the end of the American era.Liberal Leviathanengages these debates.G. John Ikenberry argues that the crisis that besets the American-led order is a crisis of authority. A political struggle has been ignited over the distribution of roles, rights, and authority within the liberal international order. But the deeper logic of liberal order remains alive and well. The forces that have triggered this crisis--the rise of non-Western states such as China, contested norms of sovereignty, and the deepening of economic and security interdependence--have resulted from the successful functioning and expansion of the postwar liberal order, not its breakdown. The liberal international order has encountered crises in the past and evolved as a result. It will do so again.Ikenberry provides the most systematic statement yet about the theory and practice of the liberal international order, and a forceful message for policymakers, scholars, and general readers about why America must renegotiate its relationship with the rest of the world and pursue a more enlightened strategy--that of the liberal leviathan.

G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. He is the author of After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars (2001), which won the 2002 Schroeder-Jervis Award, and is co-author of Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the 21st Century (2009), The Alliance Constrained: The U.S.- Japan Security Alliance and Regional Multilateralism (2011), edited with Takashi Inoguchi and Yoichiro Sato, and Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transformation of the American World Order (2011).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Crisis of the Old Order
Theoretical Foundations
Power and the Varieties of Order
Power and Strategies of Rule
Unipolarity and Its Consequences
Historical Origins and Trajectories of Change
The Rise of the American System
The Great Transformation and the Failure of Illiberal Hegemony
Dilemmas and Pathways of Liberal International Order
Eight Conclusion: The Durability of Liberal International Order
Index

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