What's at Stake in the American Empire Debate

@article{Nexon2007WhatsAS,
  title={What's at Stake in the American Empire Debate},
  author={Daniel H. Nexon and Tommy Wright},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2007},
  volume={101},
  pages={253 - 271}
}
Scholars of world politics enjoy well-developed theories of the consequences of unipolarity or hegemony, but have little to say about what happens when a state's foreign relations take on imperial properties. Empires, we argue, are characterized by rule through intermediaries and the existence of distinctive contractual relations between cores and their peripheries. These features endow them with a distinctive network-structure from those associated with unipolar and hegemonic orders. The… 

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