Cosmopolitanism and International Relations Theory

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  • Copyright: 2011-06-13
  • Publisher: Polity Pr

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Globalization has been contested in recent times. Among the critical perspectives is cosmopolitanism. Yet, with the exception of normative theory, International Relations as a field has ignored cosmopolitan thinking. This book redresses this gap and develops a dialogue between cosmopolitanism and International Relations. The dialogue is structured around three debates between non-universalist theories of international relations and contemporary cosmopolitan thought. The theories chosen are realism, (post-)Marxism and postmodernism. All three criticize liberalism in the international domain, and, therefore, cosmopolitanism as an offshoot of liberalism. In the light of each school's respective critique of universalism, the book suggests both the importance and difficulty of the cosmopolitan perspective in the contemporary world. Beardsworth emphasizes the need for global leadership at nation-state level, re-embedding of the world economy, a cosmopolitan politics of the lesser violence, and cosmopolitan political judgement. He also suggests research agendas to situate further contemporary cosmopolitanism in International Relations theory. This book will appeal to all students of Political Theory and International Relations, especially those who are seeking more articulation of the main issues between cosmopolitanism and its critics in International Relations.

Author Biography

Richard Beardsworth is Professor of Political Philosophy and International Relations at The American University of Paris

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
The Spectrum of Cosmopolitanismp. 16
The Historical Background to the Cosmopolitan Dispositionp. 17
The Cosmopolitan Spectrump. 21
Cultural cosmopolitanismp. 21
Moral cosmopolitanismp. 23
Normative cosmopolitanismp. 29
Institutional cosmopolitanismp. 34
Legal cosmopolitanismp. 36
Political cosmopolitanismp. 40
Conclusionp. 46
The Realist Critique of Cosmopolitanismp. 48
The Major Tenets of Realismp. 49
Critique of Cosmopolitanismp. 56
The Realist approach to international lawp. 56
Cosmopolitan 'domination'p. 63
Humanitarian intervention and political moralismp. 66
Towards a prudent politics of limitsp. 70
Conclusionp. 73
A Cosmopolitan Response to Realismp. 75
The Status of the Normative in Conditions of Interdependencep. 76
Power, Interest and Legitimacy: A Cosmopolitan Perspectivep. 81
Category Errors: Domestic Analogy, 'Legalistic-Moralistic' Fallacy and Anarchyp. 90
Humanitarian Intervention: Towards a Cosmopolitan Realismp. 97
From the Principle of Sovereignty to the Principle of Subsidiarityp. 104
Conclusionp. 108
The Marxist Critique of Cosmopolitanismp. 111
The Major Tenets of Marxismp. 114
From Embedded Liberalism to Neo-liberalismp. 122
The Marxist Critique of Cosmopolitanismp. 128
Cosmopolitan lack of economic analysis and complicity with global liberal governancep. 130
Deep reasons for global inequality: beyond cosmopolitan surfacep. 134
The cosmopolitan substitution of ethics for politicsp. 137
Nation-state particularity contra cosmopolitan universality: the Marxist response to globalizationp. 138
Conclusionp. 139
A Cosmopolitan Response to Marxismp. 141
Cosmopolitan Reformismp. 144
Cosmopolitanism and the capitalist systemp. 144
Cosmopolitan reflection on the market and regulationp. 146
'Global Social Democracy': What Can This Concept Mean? Re-embedded Liberalismp. 153
The Cosmopolitan Logic of Re-embedded Liberalismp. 159
Global Energy Futures: Economic Dilemma and State Leadershipp. 162
Conclusionp. 169
The Postmodern Critique of Cosmopolitanismp. 172
Postmodernism, Modernity and IRp. 173
Foucault and Agamben: The Biopolitical Fate of Liberal Governmentalityp. 176
The Illiberal Practices of Global Liberal Governancep. 182
The politics of securityp. 182
The liberal way of warp. 183
Depoliticization of the victimp. 187
Jacques Derrida: Law, Democracy-to-come and Ethico-political Responsibilityp. 189
Conclusionp. 197
A Cosmopolitan Response to Postmodernismp. 199
The Logic of Liberal Law I: What Is Liberal Law?p. 200
The Logic of Liberal Law II: Cosmopolitan Response to Postmodern Reflection on Lawp. 204
A Politics of the Lesser Violence: Cosmopolitan Response to Illiberal Liberalismp. 210
Political Judgement and Risk: A Cosmopolitan Response to Derrida and his IR Legacyp. 218
Conclusionp. 224
Conclusion: Idealism and Realism Todayp. 227
Notesp. 238
Referencesp. 244
Indexp. 264
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