The Pluralist Architecture of World Politics

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI:
 The Pluralist Architecture of World Politics

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This chapter reviews the important events surrounding the Peace of Westphalia, which marked the end of the solidarist Middle Ages and the beginning of the pluralist era of modern state-centred politics. It shows how a societas of sovereign states involves a complementary ethics of statecraft, and examines four political responsibilities of independent statespeople. It argues that modern international society is an institutional arrangement that affirms and seeks to uphold normative pluralism in world politics.

Keywords: Peace of Westphalia; independent statecraft; normative pluralism; world politics

Chapter.  13285 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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