American Exceptionalism Reconsidered : U.S. Foreign Policy, Human Rights, and World Order
The book is guided by four central questions: 1) What is the relationship between cosmopolitan international standards and narrow national self-interest in US policy on human rights and humanitarian affairs? 2) What is the role of American public opinion and does it play any significant role in shaping US policy in this dialectical clash? 3) Beyond public opinion, what other factors account for the shifting interplay of liberal and realist inclinations in Washington policy making? 4) In the 21st century and as global power shifts, what are the current views and policies of other countries when it comes to the application of human rights and humanitarian affairs?
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 249g
- 02 Dec 2016
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 25 Tables, black and white
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Table of contents
Introduction: The Quest for a Liberalized Realism?
1. City on a Hill?: American Exceptionalism Past and Present
2. Promoting Democracy after the Cold War: Mission Contained
3. Saving Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)
4. US Detention and Interrogation Policies after 9/11/2001: A Tortured Evolution
5. American Exceptionalism Reined In: The US Supreme Court, Corporations, and the Kiobel Case
6. Hard Times for Human Rights: The Role of Aspiring Powers
Conclusion: Liberalized Realism in Today's World
Thomas G. Weiss, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
"Forsythe and McMahon have written an exceptional book on American exceptionalism. Against the broad canvas of American history but with a focus on events since 9/11, this intelligent and wide-ranging book shows quite convincingly what no politician would ever acknowledge: that the U.S. is no better than any other country. Those seeking an antidote to `make America great again' will certainly find it here."
Mark Gibney, University of North Carolina-Asheville
"This fresh analysis of a recurring central theme in U.S. policy brings important insight to bear on the fate of human rights in a post-hegemonic world. Forsythe and McMahon's rigorous analysis of the U.S. record builds the case for a more nuanced `American globalism' that advances academic understanding and strategies for human rights advocacy."
Alison Brysk, University of California-Santa Barbara
"The U.S. does not have a unique interest in promoting the good abroad; it is a normal country blending self-interest with internationalism, nationalism with cosmopolitanism. Forsythe and McMahon expertly make this case by analyzing history, policy, and law pertaining to issues like humanitarian intervention, torture, and corporate regulation. This excellent, readable, and current classroom text is enlivened by frequent reference to American public opinion and comparison with other large countries' foreign policies."
Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Wilfrid Laurier University
"This book, a searing but thoughtful indictment of the myth of American exceptionalism, is an indispensable analysis of a self-identified 'indispensable' country. It exposes double standards in U.S. foreign policy when it comes to the protection of human rights, while also recognizing that hypocrisy is not reserved just for the U.S. This excellent book raises profound questions about the ability of human rights law to affect state behavior, with sometimes-uncomfortable conclusions. It notes the paradox that U.S. power has been central to both attempts to protect human rights and failure to do so."ã
Kurt Mills, University of Glasgow
"All those concerned with human rights-as scholars or activists-need to understand the causes and consequences of U.S. foreign policy. Forsythe and McMahon provide us with an admirably clear and judiciously balanced account of the history, present state, and likely future of the U.S. approach to international human rights. Their nuanced analysis blows away a number of myths that cloud this important subject."
Michael Freeman, University of Essex
"For frustrated human rights advocates `American exceptionalism' is about the U.S. government's tendency to eschew certain international norms, including human rights. For some patriots, however, it refers to the notion of the U.S. as a sui generis flagship of democracy and human rights. This informative book examines and successfully falsifies the latter view with a thorough study of four major issue areas. Forsythe and McMahon show that the American public, too, has preferred a self-serving foreign policy. Raising controversial questions for all U.S. citizens, this important book will facilitate teaching and learning in classrooms and beyond."
Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat, University of Connecticut
About Patrice C. McMahon
Patrice C. McMahon is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.