Collective Identity and the Persistence of the Fraternal AASR in the Post-Cold War Era

  • Ruike Xu


This chapter analyses how a strong Anglo-American collective identity has contributed to the persistence of the Anglo-American special relationship (AASR) in the post-Cold War era. It clarifies two indispensable contributors to a strong Anglo-American collective identity, which are common sentiments and repeated cooperative acts. Then, it measures the strength of Anglo-American collective identity by making use of public opinion polls and speeches of presidents and prime ministers in the post-Cold War era. After that, it analyses the positive influence of a strong Anglo-American collective identity on the persistence of the AASR in the post-Cold War era. A strong Anglo-American collective identity facilitates Anglo-American common threat perceptions, solidifies mutual trust between the UK and the US, and prescribes norms of appropriate behaviour to the UK and the US.


Prime Minister Special Relationship Political Elite Collective Identity American People 
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  • Ruike Xu
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  1. 1.Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityBeijingChina

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