Conclusion: The United States in International Society
This chapter argues that we need to go beyond the post-Cold War debate about US primacy. The more relevant immediate issue for international order is the potential of any US hegemony. The conclusion summarizes the book's three main contributions. The first is to IR theory generally, in posing questions about how international order is maintained in a sole great-power world. The second is towards a revision of English School theory, by its adaptation to include hegemony as one possible institution of international society in conditions of primacy. Finally, it challenges simplistic notions about the future distribution of power, as if this can be projected from material power indices alone. Much critically depends also on the extent of the followership that individual states are able to engender.
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