The primacy contest: Why culture matters

Lawrence M. Mead

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    Discussions of whether American primacy will continue focus unduly on specific power differences between the United States and its Asian rivals. Appraisals should also consider institutional capacities. Western regimes have large advantages rooted in cultural differences. Individualism generates stronger economies and governments than the more collective worldviews of the non-West. America will continue to lead mainly because of its far greater willingness to take responsibility for world problems.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)527-532
    Number of pages6
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - 2015


    • American power
    • China
    • International relations
    • Political development

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Sociology and Political Science
    • General Social Sciences


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