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Accountability in Global Economic Governance  

Kate MacDonald

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
Contemporary theoretical debates surrounding accountability in global economic governance have often adopted a problem-focused analytical lens—centred on real-world political controversies ... More

Arguing and Deliberation in International Relations  

Thomas Risse

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Sep 2018
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Oct 2018
It was not until the late 1980s when social constructivism gradually entered the stage that International Relations (IR) scholars started paying attention to communicative action. Today, ... More

Authoritarian Regimes  

Oliver Schlumberger

This article first discusses the term “authoritarian regimes” and makes a claim for studying such regimes. An overview of the young but burgeoning research on authoritarian regimes ... More

A Balance of Interests  

Ramesh Thakur

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Mar 2013
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Aug 2013
This article argues that ‘a balance of interests’ is a more satisfactory descriptor, analytical concept, and policy precept than ‘the national interest’. The first two sections describe ... More

Before Midnight: Views on International Relations, 1857–1947  

Rahul Sagar

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Jul 2015
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Dec 2015
This chapter examines ideas about war, peace, and international relations over the century preceding independence, of which there were many more and in greater depth than widely supposed. ... More

Carl Schmitt and International Law  

Martti Koskenniemi

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Jan 2017
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Apr 2015
Carl Schmitt always presented himself and was above all a jurist. His doctoral dissertation was based on an antiformal theory of law that was also in evidence in his acerbic critics of the ... More

Carl Schmitt’s Concepts of War: A Categorical Failure  

Benno Teschke

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Jan 2017
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Apr 2014
Carl Schmitt’s conceptual history of war is routinely invoked to comprehend the contemporary mutations in the concept and practice of war. This literature has passively relied on Schmitt’s ... More

The Case for Ideal Theory  

Laura Valentini

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
Theories of international political morality are often criticized for being too ideal. In this chapter, I unpack and examine this “excessive idealism critique.” I distinguish between two ... More

Celebrities in International Affairs  

Lisa Ann Richey and Alexandra Budabin

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Apr 2016
Celebrity engagement in global “helping” is not a simple matter of highly photogenic caring for needy others across borders; it is a complex relationship of power that often produces ... More

Civilization and Its Consequences  

Brett Bowden

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Feb 2016
This article outlines the origins and meanings of the concept of civilization in Western political thought. In doing so it necessarily explores the nature of the relationship between ... More

Climate Equity in the Real World  

Steve Vanderheiden

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
As a discursive frame of climate justice movements, equity offers a powerful critique of anthropogenic climate change and identifies key features of an ethically defensible response to it. ... More

Constructivism  

Michael L. Barnett

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter provides a brief overview of constructivist international relations theory and explores how it can help explain two of the most important transformations in international ... More

The Contested Ethics of Democracy Promotion  

Milja Kurki

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter explores the ethical justifications actors in international politics may have to promote democracy in other countries. Although ethical debates surrounding the promotion of ... More

Cosmopolitanism and the Environment  

Simon Caney

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Jan 2016
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Mar 2016
The last 35 years have seen the emergence and defense of “cosmopolitan” accounts of justice and political institutions. This chapter examines the relationships between three leading ... More

Critical Approaches to Global Health  

Alan Ingram

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Nov 2018
This chapter places the critical analysis of global health in wider intellectual and political perspective, situating critical thinking in relation to the philosophical idea of ... More

Critical International Political Theory  

Anna Jurkevics and Seyla Benhabib

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter assesses debates within the field of Critical Theory, broadly conceived, on central themes of international politics, including sovereignty, human rights, and American ... More

Critical Security Studies  

Chris Hendershot and David Mutimer

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
This chapter intends to provoke the present in order to motivate an unsettling and un-settled future for Critical Security Studies (CSS). To be unsettling CSS must (continue to) commit to ... More

Deliberation and Global Governance  

Jens Steffek

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
Conceptions of deliberative or discursive democracy are applied increasingly also to global governance institutions, typically coupled with calls for more participation and civil society ... More

Democracy and Global Governance  

Carol C. Gould

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Mar 2018
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Apr 2018
Is it feasible to democratize the powerful institutions of global governance that currently work to advance globalization processes, making them more responsive to the needs and interests ... More

Democracy and Good Governance  

W. Andy Knight

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Jun 2018
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Aug 2018
This chapter examines the UN’s role in promoting and encouraging democracy and good governance. The world organizations is in a pivotal position to help promote and strengthen the global ... More

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