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Hegemony in International Society$
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Ian Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556267.001.0001

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Hegemony in International Organization: The UN Security Council

Hegemony in International Organization: The UN Security Council

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Hegemony in International Society

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The first case in contemporary international society looks at an international organization, specifically the UN Security Council, and the proposals for its reform. The Security Council is already regularly described in hegemonic terms, with respect to the United States. What this brings out is the extent to which the USA and the Security Council are mutually interdependent: they each constitute an important source of power for the other. The chapter reviews the various suggestions for changing the composition of the Council, and the scope of the veto of the P5. It shows how they are structured into a trade-off between representation and efficacy, yet another instance of the competing normative pulls of input and output legitimacy. The United States has flirted with the option of encouraging a Concert of Democracies as a way of circumventing inaction through the Council. Any such coalitional hegemony would, however, strike at the heart of the collective hegemony around which the Council is already structured.

Keywords:   coalitional hegemony, collective hegemony, Concert of Democracies, P5, reform, Security Council, veto

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