The idea of a liberal democratic peace

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Howard
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-10T10:35:51Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-10T10:35:51Z
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Williams , H 2001 , ' The idea of a liberal democratic peace ' . in The Edinburgh Companion to contemporary Liberalism . Edinburgh University Press , pp. 241-53 . en
dc.identifier.other PURE: 99344
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1907
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1907
dc.identifier.uri http://openlibrary.org/b/OL19312727M en
dc.description Williams, Howard, ‘The idea of a liberal democratic peace', in The Edinburgh Companion to contemporary Liberalism , ed. M. Evans (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2001) pp.241-53 A major new reference volume - The Edinburgh Companion to Contemporary Liberalism is the premier collection of material on a comprehensive range of topics in contemporary liberalism. Liberal theory has been caricatured by its critics as an abstract, unworldly, trivial philosophical navel-gazing pursuit. The Companion counters this view by showing how liberalism can tackle wide-ranging practical concerns that urgently demand attention in twenty-first century politics. Rather than presenting contemporary liberalism simply and narrowly as a survey of what its main academic protagonists have said over the past 30 years, the guiding principle of the volume is to conceptualise it primarily as a set of themes and approaches informed by the challenges to the practice of liberal politics. Issues such as human rights, citizenship, nationalism, feminism, international communities, supranational orders, post-communism and ecocentrism take their place alongside the more familiar and well-worked themes of justice and justification as topics for liberal theorising. The reader is vividly shown the ways in which liberalism engages directly with the problems of practical political life today.This wide-ranging account of contemporary liberal thinking places the emphasis on agenda-setting, showing that contemporary liberalism is live - relevant, proactive, continuously engaged and adaptable - and that the problems faced by the liberal order are sufficiently complex and perplexing to demand the serious, rigorous philosophical reflection offered by contemporary liberal political theory. The Companion allows the reader to explore liberalism's contemporary relevance and to look to its likely future developments. With contributors including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden, Richard Bellamy, Rex Martin, Margaret Canovan, Diana T. Meyers, and Kate Soper, this large, definitive edition will be a must-buy for all libraries and a key reference tool for all those with an interest in contemporary liberalism.Key Features: * Major reference work - the only comprehensive reference work on contemporary liberalism * Shows how liberalism is relevant to practical issues such as human rights, citizenship, international communities and post-communism * Looks to the future development of liberalism * Contributions from the leading figures in the field of liberalism including Will Kymlicka, Michael Freeden and Rex Martin en
dc.description.abstract An impressive literature has developed in recent years dealing with the topic of a liberal democratic peace. A debate has been conducted in North American and British political science journals such as International Security, American Political ScienceReview, Comparative Political Studies and Review of International Studies about the validity of the hypothesis that the growth in the number of states with liberal-democratic polities will lead to a more stable and harmonious international order. In the literature on democratic peace Kant has been much referred to: it is true to say that he has become an emblem of the thesis. This is so to such an extent that authors need only cite Kant in their title to show that they are engaging with the debate. Others make play with Kant’s name to demonstrate their topicality such as Christopher Layne’s title to his article ‘Kant or cant: The Myth of the Democratic Peace’ in International Security. 19 (1994). Accordingly we shall follow through the liberal-democratic peace thesis here in terms of the three main principles laid down in Kant’s seminal essay Perpetual Peace. en
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Edinburgh University Press
dc.relation.ispartof The Edinburgh Companion to contemporary Liberalism en
dc.title The idea of a liberal democratic peace en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Book chapter en
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en


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