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Meeting the EnemyAmerican Exceptionalism and International Law$
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Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814798362

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814798362.001.0001

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The New World Order and American Hegemony

The New World Order and American Hegemony

(p.161) 7 Making the World Safe for Democracy
Meeting the Enemy

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

This chapter examines how the United States invoked the familiar themes of American exceptionalism to consolidate its hegemony in the new world order. It first considers the paradigm of “development” that emerged in the second half of the twentieth century as a doctrine of the new world order and how inequities were perpetuated within this order. It then discusses the growing influence of international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, along with the link between development and human rights violations. It also analyzes the contradictions in the United States's approach to unilateralism and multilateralism and whether this approach has succeeded in creating a viable status quo for the country and for the world. The chapter concludes with an assessment of U.S. foreign policy in relation to democracy and the rule of law.

Keywords:   new world order, United States, American exceptionalism, hegemony, development, international financial institutions, unilateralism, multilateralism, foreign policy, democracy

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