The Mysterious Case of Vanishing Hegemony, or, Is Mark Twain Really Dead?

  • Bruce Russett
Part of the Advances in Foreign Policy Analysis book series (AFPA)


Has American hegemony greatly declined over recent years? Much of the recent literature on “hegemonic stability” has been devoted to explaining the effects of a decline in American hegemony on the international system since the high point immediately after 1945. In a variant of the theme, scholars have searched for ways in which to maintain an international regime established during that lost hegemony. Others have perceived an ethnocentric bias in some of this angst.1


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