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Description - Force and Legitimacy in World Politics by David Armstrong

War is invariably accompanied by debate, if not controversy, over the legitimacy of using force. Alongside the longstanding state practice of justifying use of force is the increasing codification of legal rules on the use of force. In this volume a leading group of international authorities consider the issues surrounding the legitimation of force from several distinct disciplinary perspectives, including political science, law, history and philosophy. In particular, they examine the underlying question of whether and how international society's traditional norms of sovereignty and non-intervention can coexist both with the new norm of humanitarian intervention and with an increasingly hegemonial (if not 'imperial') role played by the United States. What is the difference between 'legality' and 'legitimacy'? Is the latter a truly universal concept or mainly a Western one? Are earlier ideas about 'just war' still relevant?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521691642
ISBN-10: 0521691648
Format: Paperback
(247mm x 174mm x 12mm)
Pages: 270
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Jun-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Armstrong

David Armstrong is Professor of International Relations, Department of Politics, University of Exeter. Theo Farrell is Reader in War in the Modern World, Department of War Studies, King's College London. Bice Maiguashca is Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, University of Exeter.

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