International Legitimacy and World Society

Hardcover | May 23, 2007

byIan Clark

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The conventional view of international society is that it is interested only in co-existence and order amongst states. This creates a puzzle. When the historical record is examined, we discover that international society has repeatedly signed up to normative principles that go well beyond thispurpose. When it has done so, it has built new normative constraints into international legitimacy, and this is most conspicuously so when it has espoused broadly humanitarian principles. This suggests that the norms adopted by international society might be encouraged from the distinct constituencyof world society. The book traces a series of historical case studies which issued in international affirmation of such principles: slave-trade abolition in 1815; the public conscience in 1899; social justice (but not racial equality) in 1919; human rights in 1945; and democracy as the onlyacceptable form of state in 1990. In each case, evidence is presented of world-society actors (transnational movements, advocacy networks, and INGOs) making the political running in support of a new principle, often in alliance with a leading state. At the same time, world society has mounted anormative case, and this can be seen as a degree of normative integration between international and world society. Each of the cases tells a fascinating story in its own right. Collectively, they contribute to the growing IR literature on the role of norms, and especially that written from a broadlyEnglish School or constructivist perspective. The book thereby puts some real historical flesh on the concept of world society, while forcing us to reconsider traditional views about the 'essential' nature of international society.

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The conventional view of international society is that it is interested only in co-existence and order amongst states. This creates a puzzle. When the historical record is examined, we discover that international society has repeatedly signed up to normative principles that go well beyond thispurpose. When it has done so, it has built ...

Professor Ian Clark was educated at Glasgow University and Australian National University Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth since 1998 1984-1997 University of Cambridge Fellow of the British Academy Honorary Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge Author of several books from OUP, including Legitimacy in International...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:May 23, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. International legitimacy: encounters between international and world society2. Vienna and the slave trade, 18153. The Hague and the public conscience, 1899-19074. Versailles and racial equality, 19195. Versailles and social justice, 19196. San Francisco and human rights, 19457. Paris and democracy, 19908. Norms, international legitimacy, and contemporary world societyConclusionReferences

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"Clark expands understanding of international legitimacy, explains the role and significance of international norms, and clarifies understanding of the historical evolution of international legitimacy. Throughout the book, Clark raises important historical questions about how principled ideas such as ending the slave trade, addressing the issue of racial equality, establishing social justice, promoting human rights, and spreading democracy around the world came to be established within international society."--CHOICE "Ian Clark's International Legitimacy and World Society is an ambitious companion to his Legitimacy in International Society (2005)... This volume builds on that insight, adding the puzzling notion that international society increasingly adopts norms that seem to undermine the states system, especially norms that privilege individuals... The book has much to recommend it...[and is] an important contribution indeed."--Ethics & International Affairs