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a) Currently, the United States has global dominance in the world with regards to military and economic standards.
b) The cultural dominance of the United States is a softer hegemony that is employed in the world. The cultural practices prevalent in the 2oth Century USA is often looked upon as positive. Its ideas regarding the concept of the good life and its benchmark for personal goals is considered an an achievement worthy. This makes it easier as cultural hegemony acts as persuasive power rather than a coercive one.
c) Hegemony can be expressed in a variety of ways. Dominance of super powers like the US on the grounds of its ability to create and support the existence of economic models and structures refers to the structural power of hegemony. In the case of the United States, two examples include –
• In the world economy it provides global public goods like sea lanes of communication (SLOCs) which are utilized by other merchant ships. The US Navy ensures freedom of navigation in international waters.
• Internet was a result of US military research but is now a global public good.
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