'A lucid, comprehensive analysis of normative approaches to international relations, and an original contribution to critical theory' - Andrew Linklater, University of Keele `Hutchings combines a valuable account of the current state of the art with a lucid expositon of her own, highly distinctive, position. This will be required reading for students in international political theory, and indeed anyone interested in normative issues in international relations' - Chris Brown, London School of Economics and Political Science Providing an invaluable overview of the competing schools of thought in traditional and contemporary international theory, this book




The notion of self-determination is central to normative debate in international theory. Realists, cosmopolitans, communitarians, critical theorists, postmodernists, feminists are all concerned with examining and promoting this ideal – although with radically different understandings of what it implies, from the principle of state sovereignty to the international political recognition of sexual difference. In this chapter I will be exploring the way in which the ideal of self-determination operates in a range of normative debates about individual and collective rights. Crucial to these debates are the issues of which ‘self is in question and what counts as self- as opposed to other-determination. For some normative theorists, the selves that should ...

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