Living with a Reluctant Hegemon: Explaining European Responses to US Unilateralism by Caroline FehlLiving with a Reluctant Hegemon: Explaining European Responses to US Unilateralism by Caroline Fehl

Living with a Reluctant Hegemon: Explaining European Responses to US Unilateralism

byCaroline Fehl

Hardcover | March 22, 2012

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Living with a Reluctant Hegemon addresses a striking puzzle in contemporary world politics: why have European states responded in varying ways to recent unilateralist tendencies in US foreign policy? The United States played a hegemonic leadership role in building the post-war multilateralorder but has been reluctant to embrace many recent multilateral treaty initiatives championed by its traditional European allies, such as the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, the International Criminal Court, or the verification protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention. European responses toUS objections, however, have varied across these different transatlantic controversies. In some cases, European decision-makers watered down or abandoned contested treaties, whereas in other disputes, they opted for regime-building excluding the US, that is, for a strategy of non-hegemoniccooperation.How Europeans choose to deal with the "reluctant hegemon" has critical implications for how key global challenges are addressed - and yet, the striking variation of their responses has been largely overlooked in a scholarly debate fixated on understanding US unilateralism. This book fills thisimportant gap by studying European strategic choices in five recent transatlantic conflicts over multilateral agreements. It argues that neither realist accounts of global power dynamics nor rational institutionalist models of cooperation can fully explain why Europeans opt for non-hegemoniccooperation in some cases but not others. To resolve this puzzle, we need to combine rationalist propositions with constructivist insights about normative constraints on states' institutional choices. By developing such an integrated model, the book sheds new light on the long-standing theoreticaldebate about the relationship between hegemony and international cooperation.
Caroline Fehl was previously an ESRC post-doctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. She studied Political Science at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat Freiburg, Freie Universitat Berlin and Columbia University New York and holds a DPhil in International Relations from Oxford Un...
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Title:Living with a Reluctant Hegemon: Explaining European Responses to US UnilateralismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:March 22, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199608628

ISBN - 13:9780199608621

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AcknowledgementsTable of ContentsList of Tables, Figures, and MapsList of AbbreviationsPart I: Theoretical Framework1. Introduction2. The Power Puzzle3. The ArgumentPart II: Case Studies4. Case Study: Anti-Personnel Landmines5. Case Study: The International Criminal Court6. Case Study: The Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change7. Case study: Small Arms and Light Weapons8. Case Study: Biological Weapons Verification9. ConclusionAppendix I: MethodologyAppendix II: List of InterviewsReferences