International Relations is a vibrant field of significant growth and change. This book guides students through the complexities of over 40 central concepts and core theories, relating them at all times to contemporary issues and debates.

Each concept is divided into five sections to allow rapid familiarization with the topic and provide signposts for further exploration:

Core questions to address; Definition; Theoretical perspectives; Empirical problems; Core reading and useful websites

In addition the major theories are covered by six-part entries that give a 360 degree view of the strengths, weaknesses, applications and methodologies of each one:

An introduction to the core questions; Overview and background; Methodologies; Empirical application; Central criticism; Core reading and useful websites

Clear and highly readable, Key Concepts in International Relations is an essential guide for students on politics and international relations courses.

International Ethics

International ethics

1. Core Questions Addressed

  • To what extent is it possible to speak of an ‘international ethics’?
  • What are the possible foundations of such an ethics?
  • What is the difference between global and international ethics?

2. Definitions

Ethics, Mark Amstutz notes, is ‘the application of the appropriate moral norms to private and public affairs’ (2005: 9). International ethics is thus concerned with the application of moral norms to international relations. Its prime question is how states ought to behave towards each other. In contrast to (→) international law, international ethics is not primarily concerned with the codification of rules or the development of judicial control of such rules. Yet there is a clear linkage between the two in that international law concretizes and formalizes the norms of international ...

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