Stronger than Strong: Perceptions and Misperceptions of Power

Jean-Francois Bridoux

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A sizeable part of the literature on power in international relations addresses the issue of US power resilience. Interestingly, and frustratingly, little attention has been dedicated to the elaboration of a holistic framework of analysis that not only focuses on quantitative outputs of power (what power does) but also on qualitative factors and vectors of US power (how and why US power does what it does). This paper attempts to generate a reflection inspired by critical theory on conceptual foundational work on power through reviving an under-exploited concept: the concept of ‘perceptions of power’. Adopting a Gramscian approach, the paper argues that to understand how power is conceptualised by US officials and its translation into foreign policy decisions, it is necessary to understand how knowledge about power in US foreign policy-making circles is constituted. The paper argues that an analysis of ‘perceptions of power’ can potentially mediate between understandings of power and their foreign policy outcome. ‘Perceptions of power’ could, potentially, constitute a useful concept to make sense of the knowledge-power nexus and its translation into foreign policy decisions in an attempt to answer the question of why and how does US power do what it does?
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
TeitlAmerican Hegemony and the Rise of Emerging Powers
Is-deitlCooperation or conflict?
GolygyddionSalvador Santino F. Regilme, James Parisot
CyhoeddwrTaylor & Francis
Nifer y tudalennau20
ISBN (Argraffiad)9781138693814
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 24 Hyd 2017

Cyfres gyhoeddiadau

EnwGlobal Cooperation Series
CyhoeddwrTaylor & Francis

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