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 Return of Realism in Theory and Practice

The return of realism in theory and practice

The second half of this book has been devoted to examining the putative evolution of the international order from a society of states to a global polity. This has involved an examination of the new international human rights regime that emerged after the end of the Cold War, humanitarian intervention and the rights-based humanitarianism of the 1990s, the concept of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ as it has evolved in the years since the ICISS Report of 2001, changes in the nature of Just War theory pointing it in the direction of individual rights and, in the last chapter, theories of global justice and global governance. All of these themes ...

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