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Liberal Leviathan


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Preface xi Acknowledgments xvii Chapter One: Crisis of the Old Order 1 Part One: Theoretical Foundations 33 Chapter Two: Power and the Varieties of Order 35 Chapter Three: Power and Strategies of Rule 79 Chapter Four: Unipolarity and Its Consequences 119 Part Two: Historical Origins and Trajectories of Change 157 Chapter Five: The Rise of the American System 159 Chapter Six: The Great Transformation and the Failure of Illiberal Hegemony 221 Chapter Seven: Dilemmas and Pathways of Liberal International Order 279 Chapter Eight: Conclusion: The Durability of Liberal International Order 333 Index 361

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G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His books include "After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Wars" (Princeton).


One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2011: Top 25 Books "[A]mbitious and thought-provoking."--Gideon Rachman, Financial Times "International orders guide how major powers interact with one another and with less powerful states: how they cooperate and compete in trade and security and when and why they respect one another's sovereignty. Ikenberry's important book tackles this complex subject, giving readers a deep understanding of the factors that determine the type of international order... Liberal Leviathan is a valuable guide to understanding the factors that will determine its eventual shape."--Foreign Affairs "Liberal Leviathan is a brilliant inquisition into the nature of international order, politics of unipolarity, and substance of United States foreign policy... Drawing equally on international relations theory, history, and political theory, Liberal Leviathan offers a probing analysis into the challenges to the current U.S.-led international order and its likely future."--David A. Lake, Global Governance "This is a valuable work of international relations theory."--Choice "Liberal Leviathan is a great review of the state of the art of broad and narrow Realist and liberal theories being discussed in American academia."--Cesar de Prado, International Affairs "His book lucidly explains how the end of the Cold War allowed the U.S.-dominated Western system to expand to the rest of the world. Ikenberry's account has an intuitive appeal. There's always more than enough chaos to argue that the world is in crisis ... he writes thoughtfully about the challenge of integrating rising powers into global governance... As a clear and informed synthesis of the existing scholarship on global governance, this book is a success."--David Bosco, American Prospect "Ikenberry's book is a cogently developed argument that builds upon his previous writings and will be a point of reference for the 'international liberal' literature."--Jakub J. Grygiel, Claremont Review of Books "[T]he sheer breadth of the work, the clarity of the presentation ... and the synthesis of an extraordinary amount of theoretical and historical literature will make the volume an important resource for students and scholars for a very long time."--James M. McCormick, Perspectives on Politics "Ikenberry impresses with his range of concerns, by his drive to formulate clear and parsimonious propositions about interstate relations, and by the pains he takes to express himself with clarity and precision. He announces his lines of argument, develops them, repeats them, and for good measure cross references them."--Michael H. Hunt, Political Science Quarterly "The book elaborates on how America crafted and created 'cooperative security'--arguably the most important innovation in national security in the 20th century."--Wang Yong, Shanghai Daily

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