This book provides an overview of the current state of the art in International Political Theory (IPT). It offers a coherent account of the field of IPT, placing both traditional and modern work in a clear and logical framework.
Chapter 5: Challenges to the Society of States
Challenges to the Society of States
The English School writers discussed in Chapter 2 consciously set out to produce versions of the society of states fit for purpose in the twenty-first century. The work of Michael Walzer and John Rawls, presented in Chapters 3 and 4 respectively, is not motivated by the same ambition – neither writer saw himself as producing a theory of international society – but still, their accounts of the rights of political communities and the law of peoples can actually be seen as narratives within the tradition of the society of states. Each of these very different accounts attempts to provide an intellectually coherent and morally acceptable version of international society, but in each case ...