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The United States in Decline

The United States in Decline.


Richard Lachmann, University at Albany, State University of New York, NY, USA
Julian Go, Boston University, MA, USA


Is the United States in decline? If so, what are the causes and dimensions of that decline and is it irreversible? Will American decline be accompanied by the rise of a new hegemon? To what extent are that rise and decline merely concurrent processes, determined by forces internal to each polity, or are American decline and the rise of its competitors both manifestations of a single global dynamic?

The essays in this volume address those questions by examining the rise of finance in the U.S. and worldwide, the U.S. government's actual industrial strategy, China's failure so far to challenge the dollar's status as the world reserve currency, and the contradictions in American strategic doctrine as the Pentagon responds to failures in recent wars and to China's growing power. Two articles address the restructuring of politics in the U.S since the 1960s to explain governmental paralysis and the simultaneous disorganization and political success of corporate elites. The contributors to this volume clarify our understanding of the current state and future trajectory of the United States and the effect of decline on its citizens and the world.

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ISBN Print: 9781783508297
ISBN Electronic: 9781783508303
Publication Date: 28 May 2014
Imprint: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Page count: 300
Dimensions: 152 x 229
Primary BIC code: JPA
Primary BISAC code: POL010000
LCC code: JC11-605
Audience: Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly

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