Alternatives to International Societas?

Robert Jackson

in The Global Covenant

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780199262014
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601033 | DOI:
 Alternatives to International Societas?

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This chapter explores alternative images of current and future world politics, which address the morality of the sovereign state and the ethics of statecraft. These claim that world politics has embarked on a course of fundamental transformation that renders the post-1945 international societas out of date or even obsolete. They see the rise of either a global universitas based on a hierarchy of values, or a retreat into a fractured world characterised by relativism. It is argued there is no convincing evidence that people around the world are giving up on the societas of states in the ways suggested by these alternative images.

Keywords: world politics; international societas; universitas; statecraft

Chapter.  14258 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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