The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy, and the Critique of Ideology

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bySusan Marks

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The promotion of democracy is today a familiar feature of foreign policy, and an accepted part of the activities of international organizations. Should international law join in this move to promote democratic political arrangements? If so, on what basis, and with which of the many competingconceptions of democracy? Drawing on an eclectic range of source material, the author examines current debates about the emergence of an international legal 'norm of democratic governance', and considers how proposals for such a norm might be rearticulated to meet some of the concerns to which theygive rise. She also uses these debates to illustrate some more general points about approaches to the study of international law. In doing so, she seeks to defend an approach to international legal scholarship that takes its cue from the tradition of ideology critique.

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The promotion of democracy is today a familiar feature of foreign policy, and an accepted part of the activities of international organizations. Should international law join in this move to promote democratic political arrangements? If so, on what basis, and with which of the many competingconceptions of democracy? Drawing on an eclec...

Susan Marks is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge
Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.54 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Preface to a Critique of International Legal Ideology2. International Law and the `Liberal Revolution'3. Limits of the Liberal Revolution I. Low Intensity Democracy4. Limits of the Liberal Revolution II: Pan-National Democracy5. International Law and the Project of Cosmopolitan Democracy6. Afterword: Critical Knowledge

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`Susan Marks presents a trenchant review of the arguments concerning the emergence of a "norm of democratic governance"...Marks' critique of contemporary writing is exceptionally clear and elegant...it is a sheer delight to read the work of a scholar who approaches her material with humilityand a simple determination to engage with it and with her readers. For that alone this book would deserve the highest praise, as a substantial and significant contribution to the contemporary debate. But it also makes a substantial contribution to the literature...there can be no doubt that thisbook has moved the debate along considerably, and in great style.'Vaughan Lowe, Journal of Law and Society Vol. 27, No.4, 2000.