Explain the hegemony of the United States of America as structural power.
US hegemony as a structural power:
- It emerges from a particular understanding of the world economy which requires a hegemony or dominant power to support its creation and existence.
- It must possess both ability and desire to establish certain norms for order and the desire to sustain the global structure.
- It usually does this to its own advantage often to its relative determent as its competition takes advantage of its openness of the world economy without paying the cost of maintaining its openness.
- Hence, hegemony in this second sense as economic superiority is reflected by the roles played by the US in providing global public goods.
Concept: Introduction of US Hegemony in World Politics
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