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Description - Coercion, Cooperation, and Ethics in International Relations by Richard Ned Lebow

This volume brings together the recent essays of Richard Ned Lebow, one of the leading scholars of international relations and US foreign policy. Lebow's work has centred on the instrumental value of ethics in foreign policy decision making and the disastrous consequences which follow when ethical standards are flouted. Unlike most realists who have considered ethical considerations irrelevant in states' calculations of their national interest, Lebow has argued that self interest, and hence, national interest can only be formulated intelligently within a language of justice and morality. The essays here build on this pervasive theme in Lebow's work by presenting his substantive and compelling critique of strategies of deterrence and compellence, illustrating empirically and normatively how these strategies often produce results counter to those that are intended. The last section of the book, on counterfactuals, brings together another set of related articles which continue to probe the relationship between ethics and policy. They do so by exploring the contingency of events to suggest the subjective, and often self-fulfilling, nature of the frameworks we use to evaluate policy choices.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415955249
ISBN-10: 0415955246
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 35mm)
Pages: 460
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Feb-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Ned Lebow

Richard Ned Lebow is the James O. Freedmen Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth University. He is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology.

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