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American Unilateralism and European Discontent





ISBN 9780415390910
Published March 2, 2006 by Routledge
244 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Why and how is America contested by Europe? This new book answers this question and contributes to a better understanding of contemporary transatlantic tensions.

Adopting different theoretical perspectives, the leading contributors to this volume assess the European discontent with America and relate this to the unilateral turn of US foreign policy in the twenty-first century. American unilateralism is interpreted by all the authors as the expression of a new conservative nationalism which has been growing in the country since the 1970s and became culturally hegemonic after 9/11. They explore the following key areas:

  • the rise of American conservative nationalism
  • US foreign policy
  • transatlantic relations
  • anti-Americanism
  • the Iraq War
  • the future of American political and cultural hegemony.

This book will be vital reading for students of international relations, foreign policy analysis, American and European politics.

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Presentation

INTRODUCTION

Why is America contested?

1 American unilateralism as a new conservative nationalism

SERGIO FABBRINI


PART I

The rise and success of American conservative nationalism

 

2 The historical and ideological roots of the neoconservative persuasion

MARIO DEL PERO

3 The neoconservatives as a continuation and an aberration in American foreign policy

DOUGLAS T. STUART

4 What’s the big idea? Models of global order in the post-cold war era

RICHARD CROCKATT

PART II

The European discontent: a new anti-Americanism?

5 Anti-Americanism in Europe: what’s new? An appraisal and personal account

ROB KROES

6 Anti-Americanism and the European peace movement: the Iraq war

CARLO RUZZA and EMANUELA BOZZINI

 
7 Anti-Americanism and European public opinion during the Iraq war

PIERANGELO ISERNIA


PART III

Which future for American conservative nationalism?

8 America after the 2004 elections: bold policies and political quicksand

  BRUCE E. CAIN

9 The economic constraints on American unilateral foreign policy

ROBERTO TAMBORINI

10 The cultural resistance to American political values: a global perspective

SCOTT THOMAS   


CONCLUSION

America contested or rejected?

11 Contested but indispensable: the missing point of European discontent

MARK F. GILBERT


Index

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Editor(s)

Biography

Sergio Fabbrini is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Ph.D. Programme in International Studies at the University of Trento, Italy. He is the editor of the "Rivista italiana di scienza politica".