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Estudios internacionales (Santiago)

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SANTA CRUZ, Arturo. US hegemony is what the president does of it: foreign policy and multilateralism during the Obama administrations. Estud. int. (Santiago, en línea) [online]. 2017, vol.49, n.187, pp.85-107. ISSN 0719-3769.

For over a decade now the United States has lived a paradox: the disparity between its material preponderance and its political influence. This situation entails an analytical puzzle: for the hegemonic power, it is more effective to socialize power than to monopolize it. I argue that the conception of power has been a key factor in the performance of the United States as an hegemonic country since the end of World War II, that resort to multilateralist or unilateralist policies on Washington’s part is better explained by such understanding than by its hegemony measured in exlusively material terms, and that the United States under the Obama administrations has returned to the multilateral practice largely abandoned by its predecessor.

Keywords : United States; power; hegemony; multilateralism; unilateralism..

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