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World Politics
By James Mayall

World Politics

Progress and Its Limits

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World Politics by James Mayall

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At the end of the Cold War, there was much talk of a new world order in which the sovereign state would be held to democratic account, fundamental rights would be respected, and conflict would be replaced by cooperation based on the rule of law. At the start of the new millenium most of this optimism has evaporated. This book examines why it is so difficult to improve standards of international behaviour and explores the pre--conditions for any realistic attempt to do so. It discusses three major issues that have dominated international debate over the past decade: the tension between sovereignty and national self--determination; the problems associated with the attempt to spread democracy around the world; and the desirability of external intervention in ethnic and religious conflicts. Rejecting both the unfounded optimism of the early 1990s and the cynical pessimism of more recent years, Professor Mayall points to the strong elements of continuity in international life. He concludes that international society is unlikely to be successfully reformed if governments continue to will progressive ends whilst evading responsibility for their actions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745625904
ISBN-10: 0745625908
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 9mm)
Pages: 184
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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A The next title in a major trade series -- Themes for the 21st Century A Addresses some of the most important themes in contemporary world politics A By one of the worlda s leading scholars of international relations A Lively and accessible volume written for a general audience as well as scholars and students.

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Author Biography - James Mayall

James Mayall is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. He has written widely on nationalism, international society, and Africaa s international relations.

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