A gendered analysis of US decline: a cautionary tale

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Eroukhmanoff, C. (2024). A gendered analysis of US decline: a cautionary tale. International Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178241229372
AuthorsEroukhmanoff, C.
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This article offers an innovative gendered analysis of the thesis of US decline, a prominent theory shared amongst International Relations scholars and US foreign policy experts about the impending end of US hegemony and the US-led international order. Inspired by feminist International Relations, it demonstrates that masculinism underscores the theory in three important ways: the methodologies used to (dis)prove US decline, the values declinism privileges and reinforces, and the way US decline appeals to phallocentric imagery. The article illustrates this argument through a discourse analytical reading of hi/stories of decline since the end of the Cold War in which I argue that US declinism paved the way for ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) and the return to a hybrid masculinity embodied by Donald Trump and his supporters. The article thus acts a cautionary tale against declinism by showing the constitutive effects of alarming scenarios of falling empires. It offers an original inquiry in the thesis of US decline and advances wider studies on declinism and, in so doing, contributes to International Relations scholarship.

KeywordsUS hegemony, declinism, hybrid masculinity, Trumpism, phallocentrism, cautionary tale
Year2024
JournalInternational Relations
PublisherSage
ISSN 0047-1178
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178241229372
Web address (URL)https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00471178241229372?af=R
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Deposited11 Jan 2024
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