The Problem of Harm in World Politics: Theoretical Investigations

The Problem of Harm in World Politics: Theoretical Investigations

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Andrew Linklater
Cambridge University Press, 2/10/2011
EAN 9781107004436, ISBN10: 1107004438

Hardcover, 320 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 1.8 cm
Language: English

The need to control violent and non-violent harm has been central to human existence since societies first emerged. This book analyses the problem of harm in world politics which stems from the fact that societies require the power to harm in order to defend themselves from internal and external threats, but must also control the capacity to harm so that people cannot kill, injure, humiliate or exploit others as they please. Andrew Linklater analyses writings in moral and legal philosophy that define and classify forms of harm, and discusses the ways in which different theories of international relations suggest the power to harm can be controlled so that societies can co-exist with the minimum of violent and non-violent harm. Linklater argues for new connections between the English School study of international society and Norbert Elias' analysis of civilizing processes in order to advance the study of harm in world politics.

1. The concept of harm
2. The harm principle and global ethics
3. Harm and international relations theory
4. The sociology of civilizing processes
5. Historical sociology and world politics structures, norms and emotions
6. Civilizing processes and international systems

'A seminal intervention, drawing together, and brilliantly refashioning, insights from Eliasian historical sociology and English School International Relations. The result not only advances these theories onto new terrain, but creates a novel research agenda that should refashion the disciplines of Sociology and IR in new and exciting ways.' John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield