Political Theory and International Relations

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Princeton University Press, Jul 21, 1999 - Political Science - 248 pages
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In this revised edition of his 1979 classic Political Theory and International Relations, Charles Beitz rejects two highly influential conceptions of international theory as empirically inaccurate and theoretically misleading. In one, international relations is a Hobbesian state of nature in which moral judgments are entirely inappropriate, and in the other, states are analogous to persons in domestic society in having rights of autonomy that insulate them from external moral assessment and political interference. Beitz postulates that a theory of international politics should include a revised principle of state autonomy based on the justice of a state's domestic institutions, and a principle of international distributive justice to establish a fair division of resources and wealth among persons situated in diverse national societies.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Skepticism of the Realists
15
The Hobbesian Situation
27
International Relations as a State of Nature
35
The Basis of International Morality
50
From International Skepticism to
63
State Autonomy and Individual Liberty
71
Nonintervention Paternalism
83
Social Cooperation Boundaries and
129
Entitlements to Natural Resources
136
Interdependence and Global Distributive
143
Contrasts between International
154
The Rights of States
161
Applications to the Nonideal World
169
Afterword
185
Works Cited
221

Selfdetermination
92
Eligibility Boundaries and Nationality
105
Economic Dependence
116

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Charles R. Beitz is Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. His other books include Political Equality: An Essay in Democratic Theory and International Ethics: A Philosophy and Public Affairs Reader, which he coedited with Marshall Cohen (both books are available from Princeton).

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