Sandra Destradi

Empire, Hegemony, and Leadership: Developing a Research Framework for the Study of Regional Powers

GIGA Working Paper, No. 79, June 2008

Abstract
Regional powers are often conceived of as "regional leading powers," states which adopt a cooperative and benevolent attitude in their international relations with their neighbors. The paper argues that regional powers can follow a much wider range of foreign policy strategies in their region. Three ideal-typical regional strategies are identified: empire, hegemony, and leadership. The paper is devoted to a theory-led distinction and clarification of these three terms, which are often used interchangeably in the field of international relations. According to the goals pursued, to the means employed, and to other discriminating features such as the degree of legitimation and the type of self-representation by the dominant state, the paper outlines the essential traits of imperial, hegemonic, and leading strategies and identifies subtypes for better classifying hegemony and leadership.

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Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi hat die Professur für Politikwissenschaft mit Schwerpunkt Internationale Beziehungen und Regional Governance an der Helmut-Schmidt-Universität / Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg inne und leitet den Forschungsschwerpunkt 4 "Macht und Ideen" am German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Chanchal Kumar Sharma / Sandra Destradi / Johannes Plagemann

Partisan Federalism and Subnational Governments’ International Engagements: Insights from India

Publius: The Journal of Federalism, online first, 2020

Johannes Plagemann / Sandra Destradi

The Foreign Policy of Populists

Horizons, Winter 2020, 2020, Issue No. 15, 110-118

Sandra Destradi / Christian von Soest

Internationales Krisenmanagement

in: Frank Bösch / Nicole Deitelhoff / Stefan Kroll (eds.), Handbuch Krisenforschung, Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien, 2020, 233-248

Johannes Plagemann / Sandra Destradi / Amrita Narlikar (eds.)

India Rising: A Multilayered Analysis of Ideas, Interests, and Institutions

New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020

Sandra Destradi

The finances of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

in: Ulf Engel / Frank Mattheis (eds.), The Finances of Regional Organisations in the Global South, Routledge, 2020, 206-220