Progressive Foreign Policy

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-10-22
  • Publisher: Polity

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In May 1997, the then UK Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, famously said that foreign policy should have ls"an ethical dimensionrs", and that the Labour Government would ls"put human rights at the heart of foreign policyrs". Although not described in these terms, these assertions were an attempt to articulate a ls"progressivers" conception of foreign policy for the UK. But how does the foreign policy record of the Labour Government stand when set against these declared principles? What role have ethics really played in Labourrs"s foreign policy? Why has Labour been so interventionist, from Kosovo to Iraq? What does this record tell us about the limits and the possibilities of progressive foreign policy? What does it tell us about the strengths and failures of Labourrs"s foreign policy? This timely book, published in association with the Institute for Public Policy Research and the Centre for Global Governance at the LSE, addresses these questions and provides an appraisal of Labourrs"s record in power. However, the book also looks forward. It provides a novel assessment of the international trends that will shape the global context of UK foreign policy. The contributors set out new perspectives and policy options in respect of international security, democracy, justice, human rights, and sustainability. In addition, the book offers fresh thinking on the UKrs"s relationship with key countries and regions, from the US to Europe, from the Middle East to China. Moreover, it suggests a radical new approach to global governance and to the way in which the UK makes and implements foreign policy. At a time of real flux in UK domestic politics and of rapid change in international politics, this book is an indispensable guide to the UKrs"s foreign policy options and to the prospects and possibilities of a more values-driven and effective UK foreign policy.

Author Biography

David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

David Mepham is Associate Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research and the Head of its International Programme.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. x
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Rethinking Security and Powerp. 18
Deepening Democracyp. 36
Human Rights, Justice and Securityp. 55
Development and Equityp. 77
Sustainability and Foreign Policyp. 99
Recasting the Special Relationshipp. 116
Europe's Global Rolep. 132
The Middle East: A New Agenda for UK Policyp. 153
Looking East: The Rise of Chinap. 175
Multilateralism and Global Governance: Accountability and Effectivenessp. 191
Global Economic Governance: A Programme for Reformp. 213
Redesigning UK Foreign Policyp. 231
Indexp. 252
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