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Privileged Partners: The Atlantic Relationship at the End of the Bush Regime

Charles S. Maier

in Just Another Major Crisis?

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199552030
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720291 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199552030.003.0002
Privileged Partners: The Atlantic Relationship at the End of the Bush Regime

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This chapter reminds us that we are still discussing an unfinished period. While one can make the argument for a disrupted relationship between the United States and Europe, “the rupture has been relatively brief; the [Bush] administration appears to wish to repair it; the imperial intoxication that was one cause of the strains has perhaps worn off.” Deeper continuities may well keep the United States and Europe together: their basic status quo orientation in a world of increasing turmoil, their shared politics of productivity, the basic role of the political center on both sides of the Atlantic, etc. “A shared community of interests, domestic as well as international, make it logical for the United States and Europe to continue cooperation.” The Bush years could then be seen simply as an “imperial interlude.”

Keywords: George W. Bush; Europe; rupture; status quo; political center; politics of productivity

Chapter.  7472 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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