Humanitarian Intervention and International Society

Nicholas J. Wheeler

in Saving Strangers

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780199253104
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600302 | DOI:
Humanitarian Intervention and International Society

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Explores traditional realist and pluralist objections to the practice of humanitarian intervention in international society. It then develops a solidarist theory of humanitarian intervention that rebuts these criticisms. A key part of the chapter lies in drawing on English School theory, constructivism, and Quentin Skinner's work to develop the claim that legitimacy is constitutive of state actions.

Keywords: constructivism; English School; humanitarian intervention; international society; legitimacy; pluralism; realism; Quentin Skinner; solidarism

Chapter.  16918 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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