Neoliberalism and U.S. Foreign Policy

From Carter to Trump

  • Catherine V. Scott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Catherine V. Scott
    Pages 87-125
  3. Catherine V. Scott
    Pages 171-209
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 257-260

About this book


While there has been a flood of scholarly efforts to extend, adapt, and revise Foucault’s exploration of the emergence and operations of neoliberalism, the study of foreign policy has remained steeped in the analysis of partisanship, institutions, policies, and personality and their influence on various issue areas, toward particular countries, or specific presidential doctrines. This book brings the political rationality of neoliberalism to bear on U.S. foreign policy in two distinct ways. First, it challenges, complicates, and revises the numerous interpretations of U.S. nationalism that posit a homologous relationship between “1898” and contemporary nationalism, instead arguing that alterations in the operations of capitalism and its correlative forms of governance have produced a differently formatted nationalism, which in turn has produced different operations of U.S. hegemony in the twenty-first century that markedly depart from earlier eras. Second, this book argues for a new timeline—one that starts with the Carter-Reagan era and the crisis of capitalism—ultimately encouraging us to think beyond particular presidencies, wars, bureaucratic politics, and policies in order to train our sights on how long-term and sustained shifts in the economy and attendant government practices have emerged to produce new myths of exceptionalism that more fully cohere with the neoliberal foundations of the U.S. nation-state. 


Foucault Neoliberalism Exceptionalism Nationalism Racial Hierarchy Surveillance Empire Michel Foucault and Trump Jimmy Carter and Trump Multiculturalism and Risk Neoliberalism and 2016 Election

Authors and affiliations

  • Catherine V. Scott
    • 1
  1. 1.Agnes Scott CollegeDecatur, GAUSA

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