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  title={Power, Hegemony, and World Society Theory: A Critical Evaluation},
  author={Liam Downey and Elizabeth Lawrence and Micah Pyles and Derek Lee},
World society theory has been one of the better published theoretical paradigms of the past 30 to 40 years. But despite its publishing successes, world society theory and research are beset by a number of theoretical and empirical problems that call into question the theory’s ability to accurately describe and explain the global diffusion of government practices, policies, and structures. The authors summarize world society theory’s key claims, demonstrate that the theory has trouble explaining… 
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