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John Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan

John Ikenberry’s Liberal Leviathan Global Governance 18 (2012), 249–252 REVIEW ESSAY David A. Lake G. John Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transforma- tion of the American World Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). LIBERAL LEVIATHAN IS A BRILLIANT INQUISITION INTO THE NATURE OF INTER- national order, the politics of unipolarity, and the substance of US foreign pol- icy. Building from his widely read and oft-cited book After Victory: Institu- tions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars (2001), which probed the construction of international order after struggles for hegemony, G. John Ikenberry focuses on the particular order built by the United States after 1945 in Western Europe and East Asia and extended—with more or less success—to the rest of the world after 1990. Drawing equally on international relations theory, history, and political theory, Liberal Leviathan offers a probing analysis into the challenges to the current US-led international order and its likely future. Ikenberry posits that the Westphalian order of sovereign states is the foun- dation on which other, more transient orders are erected. The “founding prin- ciples” of the Westphalian order are sovereignty, territorial integrity, and nonintervention, which constitute a “consensus that states [are] the rightful po- litical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/19426720-01802007
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Global Governance 18 (2012), 249–252 REVIEW ESSAY David A. Lake G. John Ikenberry, Liberal Leviathan: The Origins, Crisis, and Transforma- tion of the American World Order (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). LIBERAL LEVIATHAN IS A BRILLIANT INQUISITION INTO THE NATURE OF INTER- national order, the politics of unipolarity, and the substance of US foreign pol- icy. Building from his widely read and oft-cited book After Victory: Institu- tions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars (2001), which probed the construction of international order after struggles for hegemony, G. John Ikenberry focuses on the particular order built by the United States after 1945 in Western Europe and East Asia and extended—with more or less success—to the rest of the world after 1990. Drawing equally on international relations theory, history, and political theory, Liberal Leviathan offers a probing analysis into the challenges to the current US-led international order and its likely future. Ikenberry posits that the Westphalian order of sovereign states is the foun- dation on which other, more transient orders are erected. The “founding prin- ciples” of the Westphalian order are sovereignty, territorial integrity, and nonintervention, which constitute a “consensus that states [are] the rightful po- litical

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2012

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