5.6 The US’s problematic future as an empire
A general overview of the US’s imperial status is provided in the article ‘Empire by denial: the strange case of the United States’ by the British scholar Michael Cox. Cox identifies the particular problems facing US policy makers and the characteristics of contemporary US power. He goes on to develop his own view of the US ‘empire’, discusses the usefulness of this term as a description of the US, and asks what kind of future it now faces. He also identifies a number of particular problems, which again raise questions about the nature of contemporary US power and how it might establish legitimacy for its current global activities (Cox, 2005).