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European View

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 149–156 | Cite as

Is the decline of the West reversible?

  • Maurice Fraser
Article

Abstract

The decline of the West, as pervasive as the argument may be, is not inevitable but is rather a product of the West’s own doing. The West, wracked with guilt over the legacy of colonialism and the alleged exploitation of ‘the Other’, has abdicated its leading role in geopolitics. However, this trend is reversible and it requires a concerted effort from those countries labelled ‘the West’ to find new ways to renew its unity and legitimacy.

Keywords

Human rights Otherness Collective values Legitimacy 

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Copyright information

© Centre for European Studies 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The European InstituteLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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