System Maker and Privilege Taker: U.S. Power and the International Political Economy

  title={System Maker and Privilege Taker: U.S. Power and the International Political Economy},
  author={Michael A. Mastanduno},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={121 - 154}
  • M. Mastanduno
  • Published 27 February 2009
  • Economics, Political Science
  • World Politics
There is striking consistency in the international economic behavior of the United States across the bipolar and unipolar eras. The United States has been simultaneously a system maker and privilege taker, and its ability to play that dual role has required the willing collaboration of foreign partners. U.S. influence over those partners, however, has changed in important ways. During the cold war the United States dominated international economic adjustment struggles. Its ability to prevail in… 
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