The Bush Leadership, the Power of Ideas, and the War on Terror (2012)

Herausgegeben von  David B. MacDonald (University of Guelph, Canada), Dirk Nabers (Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Deutschland) und Robert G.Patman (University of Otago, New Zealand)

The Bush LeadershipZusammenfassung

Foreign policy success or failure is often attributed to the role of leadership. This volume explores the relationship between President George W. Bush's leadership, the administration's stated belief in the power of ideas (and the ideas of power) and its approach to the war on terror. Drawing on the international expertise of ten American foreign policy and security specialists, this incisive and timely book combines theoretical perspectives on political leadership with rigorous empirical analysis of selected aspects of the Bush administration's post 9/11 foreign policy. As a result, this book sheds considerable light not just on the limited impact of President Bush's war on terror strategy, but also, more importantly, on why key ideas underpinning the strategy, such as US global primacy and pre-emptive war, largely failed to gel in a globalizing world.


Ashgate, 200 Seiten

ISBN 978-1-4094-4713-6


01. Introduction: the Bush leadership, the power of ideas and the war on terror, David B. MacDonald, Dirk Nabers and Robert G. Patman

02. Globalization, the post-Cold War era, and visions of US leadership, Robert G. Patman

03. Historical analogies and leadership in Bush administration foreign policy, David B. MacDonald

04. Identity construction in US foreign policy during the Bush years, Dirk Nabers

05. George W. Bush, Iran and the squandering of America's soft power, David Patrick Houghton

06. Unilateralism across the border: the US-Mexico relationship, David Lebow and Richard Ned Lebow

07. Rogue policy: Bush and Iran, Michael Rubin

08. Bush's legacy and Obama's conception of American leadership, Nicholas Kitchen

09. Domestic politics and US leadeship after September 11, James M. McCormick

'10. Can't anybody here play this game?' America's post-Cold war leadership and the Bush doctrine after 9/11, Martin N. Stanton

11. Conclusion: power and ideas in the Bush era, David B. MacDonald, Dirk Nabers and Robert G. Patman