Argument and Change in World Politics
Ethics, Decolonization, and Humanitarian Intervention
By (author) Neta C. Crawford
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Argument and Change in World Politics by Neta C. Crawford
Book DescriptionArguments have consequences in world politics that are as real as the military forces of states or the balance of power among them. Neta Crawford proposes a theory of argument in world politics which focuses on the role of ethical arguments in fostering changes in long-standing practices. She examines five hundred years of history, analyzing the role of ethical arguments in colonialism, the abolition of slavery and forced labour, and decolonization. Pointing out that decolonization is the biggest change in world politics in the last five hundred years, the author examines ethical arguments from the sixteenth century justifying Spanish conquest of the Americas, and from the twentieth century over the fate of Southern Africa. The book also offers a prescriptive analysis of how ethical arguments could be deployed to deal with the problem of humanitarian intervention. Co-winner of the APSA Jervis-Schroeder Prize for the best book on international history and politics.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521002790
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jul-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book shows how ethical arguments, not power politics or economics, explain fundamental changes in world politics.
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Author Biography - Neta C. Crawford
Neta Crawford is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-editor (with Audie Klotz) of How Sanctions Work: Lessons from South Africa (1999), and author of Soviet Military Aircraft (1987), and a number of articles in leading journals.
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