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.
The last three chapters have focused on humanitarian intervention, a putative responsibility to protect on the part of the international community and the politics of war and violence in the twenty-first century. These are all important topics with considerable implications both for the way people live in the modern world and for the ways in which we think about global politics – but they are also topics which relate to unusual states of affairs, extreme acts of oppression, crimes against humanity, genocide and the like and the ways in which we respond, or do not respond to these events. In some ways a focus on such extreme events is rather misleading – there are many countries in the world where oppression ...