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The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be by Moisés Naím

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THE NEW INGREDIENTS

The very success of the United States in providing the world with hegemonic stability helped bring to the fore two new dimensions of power in the world system. One was “soft power”—the idea that a state’s power might be expressed and reinforced through the appeal of its culture and ideas. The other was the extraordinary proliferation of organizations, treaties, international laws, and conventions to which more and more countries signed up in the second half of the twentieth century. This growing institutional framework created a system of global cooperation with far more participants, covering far more subjects, than had ever been anticipated.

Soft power had its rougher antecedents in imperialism, whether of the Roman, British, ...

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