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Empire State of Mind: The Illiberal Foundations of Liberal Hegemony


Christopher J. Coyne


George Mason University - Department of Economics

Abigail R. Hall-Blanco


University of Tampa; George Mason University

December 23, 2015

GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 16-06

Abstract:     
This paper explores the interventionist mindset required for success under the U.S. government’s foreign policy strategy of liberal hegemony. This approach to foreign policy contains an inherent tension. Its adherents claim a commitment to liberal values but successfully implementing the strategy requires, attracts, and reinforces a mentality fundamentally at odds with those values. We discuss the defining characteristics of the interventionist mindset and how the adoption of this mentality is incentivized by government bureaus which reward those who successfully implement the government’s foreign policy strategy. Those who rise to the top will tend to be those who are most comfortable and willing to engage in illiberal behaviors toward foreign populations.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 24

Keywords: Empire, Foreign intervention, Foreign policy, Grand strategy, Liberal hegemon

JEL Classification: F50, H10, H56


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Date posted: December 23, 2015 ; Last revised: February 19, 2016

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Coyne, Christopher J. and Hall-Blanco, Abigail R., Empire State of Mind: The Illiberal Foundations of Liberal Hegemony (December 23, 2015). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 16-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707697

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Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)
George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
Abigail R. Hall-Blanco
University of Tampa ( email )
George Mason University ( email )
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States
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