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'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

Self-Determination
Self-determination
Introduction

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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