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Imbalance of Power: US Hegemony and International Order

I. William Zartman, editor
Imbalance of Power: US Hegemony and International Order
ISBN: 978-1-58826-640-8
ISBN: 978-1-58826-613-2
2009/289 pages/LC: 2008047883
"This is a terrific book, one that will provoke and engage students and practitioners alike. It deserves to be widely read.”—Fen Osler Hampson, Carleton University


Now that the clear delineations of the Cold War era are behind us, what are the contours of the international system? And what does the new reality mean for the United States, the acknowledged hegemon?

Provocatively applying IR theory to the world of policy analysis, Imbalance of Power showcases policy debates about the nature of both the international order and the role of the US within it. The authors bring to life concepts of realism, hegemony, liberalism, and constructivism, making it clear why these ideas are so relevant to understanding the challenges of world politics today. In the process, they address thorny issues of structure vs. policy, context vs. content, even determinism vs. choice—shedding light on the shape of a seemingly amorphous system.


 I. William Zartman is Jacob Blaustein Distinguished Professor of International Organization and Conflict Resolution at Johns Hopkins University. His many publications include Cowardly Lions: Missed Opportunities to Prevent Deadly Conflict and State Collapse.


  • The Quest for Order in World Politics—I.W. Zartman.
  • The United States: Alone in the World—K.N. Waltz.
  • An Empire, But We Can’t Keep It—R. Jervis.
  • From Hegemony to Empire: The Fatal Leap—P.W. Schroeder.
  • Statecraft Today: Regional Predicaments, Global Conundrums—C.F. Doran.
  • Adapting to the Evolving Polyarchy—S. Brown.
  • Primacy and Other Ways of Shaping World Order—G. Schmidt.
  • Balancing Order and Justice in a Globalized World—F. Rajaee.
  • Resource Competition in the New International Order—M.T. Klare and P. Pavilionis.
  • Challenges to World Order After September 11—F. Fukuyama.
  • The Shape of a Shapeless World—I.W. Zartman.