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

Caroline Fehl


This book addresses a striking puzzle in contemporary world politics: Why have European states responded in varying ways to unilateralist tendencies in US foreign policy? The United States played a hegemonic leadership role in building the post‐war multilateral order, 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 to US objections, however, have varied a ... More

Keywords: hegemony, unilateralism, multilateralism, international institutions, rationalism, constructivism, transatlantic relations, climate change, International Criminal Court, biological weapons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608621
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608621.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Caroline Fehl, author
Lecturer and research fellow, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt.