This book explores the phenomenon of American exceptionalism in international affairs and the contradictions embodied within it, as exemplified by the Bush administration's “war on terror.” It considers how the United States's assertion of a “uniquely American” posture toward international law undermines specific legal institutions and norms. The United States claims that freedom, democracy, and human dignity are peculiarly “American” values that have been generally accepted in international law, but this book argues that it has consistently distanced itself from many established principles of international law, as well as the international institutions that have evolved to implement such law. The book also examines the more familiar approaches to American exceptionalism and the dangers posed by the new “American internationalism,” as well as ways in which American exceptionalism can most effectively be countered.
NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.