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After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy

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This book is a comprehensive study of cooperation among the advanced capitalist countries. Can cooperation persist without the dominance of a single power, such as the United States after World War II? To answer this pressing question, Robert Keohane analyzes the institutions, or "international regimes," through which cooperation has taken place in the world political econ
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Published March 20th 2005 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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A classic liberal "institutionalist" explanation of cooperation in a world of independent, sovereign states.

In brief, interdependence among states brings both costs and benefits. In order to minimize the costs while maximizing the benefits, states cooperate with each other in international institutions. These institutions provide a forum for bargaining, a centralized bureaucracy for surveillance of compliance, and a dispute resolution mechanism. Such cooperation persists even in the absence of a
Mar 02, 2008 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars
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A nice step beyond hegemonic stability theory and Waltz's neorealism. Institutions can remain even after the hegemon that created them goes into decline, thus supporting the economic system designed by the hegemon. Perhaps a little dated now, especially with the idea that international institutions themselves can be actors, rather than just forums that help reduce transaction costs.
Mike Edwards
One of the early liberal-institutionalist works that would ultimately destroy realism's stranglehold on the field of international relations. The book argues that states cooperate much more than they compete, and he looks at why this might be the case. The book feels a bit outdated now, although the basic analysis and his fundamental challenges to realism are still relevant.
The cornerstone of neoliberal thought (along with Keohane and Nye's Power and Interdependence). The idea that institutions prosper long after hegemony's fall because states want them to is an interesting and poignant proposition. In observing the world today, and the stress the UN has come under because of US unilateralism, it is clear to see that Keohane is right on target.
Raj Agrawal
[Disclaimer: This is a snapshot of my thoughts on this book after just reading it. This is not meant to serve as a summary of main/supporting points or a critique – only as some words on how I engaged with this book for the purposes of building a theoretical framework on strategy.]

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Keohane presents an alternative to the requirement for a hegemon as the foundation for cooperation between states – interna
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A classic response to the power theories. Albeit it still rests on naive materialist assumptions of human/state behavior.
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Robert O. Keohane (b. 1941) is an American scholar of international relations, best known for his work on neoliberal institutionalism. His numerous books include After Hegemony (1984) and Power and Governance in a Partially Globalized World (2002). Currently a professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Keohane has received numerous awards for his scholarship. Among these, he ...more
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