The book will be released at the end of the month and can be pre-ordered now. A summary follows:
American foreign policy since World War II has actively sought to reshape both
domestic and international orders, hoping to hasten the coming of the “end of history”
in a peaceful democratic utopia. While the end of the Cold War heightened optimism that
this goal was near, American foreign policymakers still face dramatic challenges. In War,
Welfare & Democracy, Peter Munson argues that the problems we face today stem from
common roots—the modern state system’s struggle to cope with the pressures of market
development and sociopolitical modernization.
America’s policies seek to treat challenges as varied as insurgency, organized crime, fiscal
crises, immigration pressures, authoritarianism, and violations of human rights with a
schizophrenic mix of realpolitik and idealism. The ideologies that inform this policy outlook
were born during the Great Depression and two world wars and honed during the early
years of the Cold War. Although the world has long since changed, American policy has
failed to adjust. The crisis of the world’s leading welfare states compounds this inflexibility.
By addressing the inequality of wealth, security, and stability brought on by dramatic
economic change and modernization, Munson describes how America can lead in
reforming the welfare state paradigm and adjust its antiquated policies to best manage the
transformation we must face.