This innovative text explores international relations with the tools of political theory. In so doing, it contributes to and advances the idea of international political theory.
The book focuses on four key concepts - authority, rules, rights, and responsibilities - and four important topics - wealth, violence, nature and belief. In each of these areas, the book draws on key figures in political theory to explore, explain and evaluate the current global order. Chapters address such contested issues as humanitarian intervention, LGBT rights, climate change, and our collective responsibilities for alleviating global poverty. The book invites students into a conversation about international political theory, one that will help orient them in an increasingly complicated and pluralist international order.
Anthony F. Lang Jr. is Professor of International Political Theory and directs the Centre for Global Constitutionalism at the University of St Andrews, UK. His previous books include Agency and Ethics: The Politics of Military Intervention (State University of New York Press, 2002) and Punishment, Justice and International Relations: Ethics and Order after the Cold War (Routledge, 2008). He has published articles, books and edited volumes on a range of topics in International Political Theory, Ethics and International Affairs, and International Legal Theory.
1. Introduction.- 2. Authority.- 3. Rules and Laws.- 4. Rights and Responsibilities.- 5. Wealth.- 6. Violence.- 7. Nature.- 8. Belief.- 9. Conclusion.