International Political Theory Today
Sovereignty, Rights and Justice
surveys the relationship
between international relations theory and political theory,
showing the way in which these two discourses, once considered
separate, are now intertwined. In the first part of the book an
historical overview of the international political theory on the
?Westphalia System' is presented, with brief accounts of the
law of nations, and the notion of an ?international society'
as well as an examination of the international thought of the
Enlightenment and of nineteenth- century industrial society.
International theory in the twentieth century is then examined,
leading into a consideration of some of the key issues of
late-twentieth-century international relations, including the
rights of political communities; the ethics of force in
international relations; human rights; humanitarian intervention;
global social justice and the moral relevance of borders; cultural
diversity and the ?Asian values' debate. In the final
chapters, the impact of globalization on all these issues is
This is an accessible introduction to one of the most important
areas of contemporary political theory, and one based firmly on the
analysis of real-world problems.