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

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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 ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published August 26th 2012 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Yves Gounin
Dec 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quels sont les déterminants de la puissance ? Comment s’organise le système international ? La suprématie américaine est-elle vouée au déclin ? L’émergence de la Chine et des BRICs annonce-t-elle l’instauration d’un nouvel ordre mondial ? La crise financière mondiale de 2008 et l’arrivée au pouvoir de Barack Obama redonnent à ces interrogations une actualité que le 11-septembre et la guerre en Iraq avaient un temps occultée.
Trois essayistes américains renommés esquissent des réponses. Elles son
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Carey
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm still a little angry for devoting as much time as I did reading this book. Ikenberry needs an editor and could have cut this book in half (at least) by removing his needless recounts and attempting to add something of applicable substance. I would have accepted the length had he actually had recommendations deeper than theory. I'll be honest, in his use of the movie "The Man Who Shot Libert Valance" to be a metaphor for international world order, I'm more of a Tom Doniphon than a Ransom Stod ...more
Paul D.  Miller
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The best book I read during my research for my own book on US grand strategy. Ikenberry gets almost everything right. What he's wrong about: it is culture, not institutions, that undergirds liberal order; that culture is not universally shared and power balancing has indeed returned; the US increasingly faces countervailing pressures from Russia and China; and therefore Ikenberry is a touch naive in his assessment of US-China and US-Russia relations. Otherwise, Ikenberry is spot on. This should ...more
Pola
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty cut and dry description of the Third-Wave of Liberal theories in international relations. Should be read with the knowledge that it will critique American order, but positively, proposing that US foreign policy governance as a benevolent sort of "Empire". Not very heavy on normative political concepts.
Florencia Molinero
John Ikenberrys pathbreaking work is one of the most important studies on international order to appear in many years. It will be required reading for all students and scholars of international relations. A must for sure! ...more
Nate Huston
Skip it. Read After Victory. This is (in the author's words) a follow-on, but it doesn't break new ground and in fact, confuses the argument. Love Ikenberry, disappointed here.
Elli
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very neo-conservatism -- too much so for my taste. But as an assigned course reading this was well written and easy to understand!
Tarek
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too American centric for my taste. He misses the shift in US politics that happened around 1970 and his book is much poorer for it.
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Gilford John Ikenberry (October 5, 1954) is a theorist of international relations and United States foreign policy, and a professor of Politics and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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