American hegemony and the Trilateral Commission /

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Main Author: Gill, Stephen, 1950-
Format: Book
Series:Cambridge studies in international relations ; 5
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Gill (York University, Toronto) offers an excellent addition to the growing debate over the nature and future of American hegemony. He takes issue with Paul Kennedy (The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, CH, Jun'88) and others who see the US as a declining power, arguing instead that a new, more complex transnational hegemony has emerged in a world of internationally mobile capital. Gill argues that the Trilateral Commission and similar organizations provide an important link between government policy and an intellectual and business elite that understands and is working to promote the present changes. This is a serious, sophisticated study, carefully grounded in the theoretical international relations literature. Whether or not one finds the larger thesis convincing, the author's careful analysis of the Commission is, in itself, a valuable contribution. Gill's argument, at times, seems unnecessarily dense and this may limit its appeal to the general reader. Still, it is an important book, well documented and with helpful appendixes,and deserves a place in any advanced undergraduate or graduate collection. -A. L. Springer, Bowdoin College

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