Title

Handcuffing the hegemon: the paradox of state power under unipolarity

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

International Politics Reviews

Volume

2

Issue

2

Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.

Publication Date

12-9-2014

First Page

61

Last Page

71

Abstract

The exercise of state power in global politics often involves a vexing paradox: strategies intended to create or project power may end up reducing it. Under unipolarity, the lack of structural constraints in the international system do as much to undermine hegemonic power as to magnify it. Through an examination of the structure and process of unipolar politics, the three works reviewed in this article investigate the unintended consequences of preponderant power, especially as it relates to American grand strategy. As such, the paradox of state power has direct implications for the durability and relative peacefulness of the unipolar politics.

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