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Journal Article

The Persistent Myth of Lost Hegemony

Susan Strange
International Organization
Vol. 41, No. 4 (Autumn, 1987), pp. 551-574
Published by: The MIT Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2706758
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

There is not much significant theorizing outside America and, within America, most recent theorizing has tended to become more abstract or else has falsely assumed that the United States is no longer a hegemonic power. But rather than criticize what has been done, I shall outline a different approach, identifying four major global structures--security, production, finance, and knowledge--within which states, corporate enterprises, and others operate. I conclude that America is dominant in all four structures. International studies therefore ought to develop a theory of empire which can be applied by U.S. policymakers, if these studies are to have any basis in reality and any practical use.

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