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Exit from Hegemony: The Unraveling of the American Global Order

Alexander Cooley and Daniel Nexon


We live in a period of uncertainty about the fate of American global leadership and the future of international order. The 2016 election of Donald Trump led many to pronounce the death, or at least terminal decline, of liberal international order—the system of institutions, rules, and values associated with the American-dominated international system. But the truth is that the unraveling of American global order began over a decade earlier. Exit from Hegemony develops an integrated approach to understanding the rise and decline of hegemonic orders. It calls attention to three drivers of transf ... More

Keywords: US foreign policy, hegemony, Russia, China, Trump, international order, international liberal order, democratic backsliding, international security, international political economy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190916473
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190916473.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexander Cooley, author
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College

Daniel Nexon, author
Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University