American Exceptionalism in the Age of Obama (Routledge by Stephen Brooks

By Stephen Brooks

The election of President Obama in 2008 and the plain decline of yank strength on the planet has rekindled an outdated and critical debate. Is the USA extraordinary in its values and associations, in addition to within the function that it truly is destined to play in international affairs?

In this booklet, Stephen Brooks argues that American exceptionalism has been and is still genuine. In making this argument he makes a speciality of 5 features of yankee politics and society which are most vital to an knowing of yank exceptionalism this day. They contain the ideal courting among the nation and electorate, faith, socio-economic mobility, America’s position on the earth, and concepts concerning the structure.

American exceptionalism issues in household politics mainly as a political narrative round which aid for and competition to yes regulations, values and imaginative and prescient of yank society coalesce. yet in international affairs it isn't the tale however the empirical truth of yank exceptionalism that issues. even supposing the lengthy period of America’s worldwide monetary dominance has entered what should be referred to as a interval of lowered expectancies, the U.S. continues to be exceptional—the quintessential nation—in international affairs and is probably going to stay so for a few years to return.

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