Special responsibilities: global problems and American power

Bukovansky, Mlada, Clark, Ian, Eckersley, Robyn, Price, Richard, Reus-Smit, Christian and Wheeler, Nicholas J. Special responsibilities: global problems and American power. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2012. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139108812

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Author Bukovansky, Mlada
Clark, Ian
Eckersley, Robyn
Price, Richard
Reus-Smit, Christian
Wheeler, Nicholas J.
Title Special responsibilities: global problems and American power
Place of Publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publication year 2012
Sub-type Research book (original research)
DOI 10.1017/CBO9781139108812
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 9781107021358
Language eng
Start page 1
End page 290
Total number of pages 290
Year available 2012
Subjects 3300 Social Sciences
Abstract/Summary The language of special responsibilities is ubiquitous in world politics, with policy-makers and commentators alike speaking and acting as though particular states have, or ought to have, unique obligations in managing global problems. Surprisingly, scholars are yet to provide any in-depth analysis of this fascinating aspect of world politics. This path-breaking study examines the nature of special responsibilities, the complex politics that surround them and how they condition international social power. The argument is illustrated with detailed case studies of nuclear proliferation, climate change and global finance. All three problems have been addressed by an allocation of special responsibilities, but while this has structured politics in these areas, it has also been the subject of ongoing contestation. With a focus on the United States, this book argues that power must be understood as a social phenomenon, and that American power varies significantly across security, economic and environmental domains.
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