In Praise of Folly: International Administration and the Corruption of Humanity

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dc.contributor.author Bain, William
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-05T15:12:40Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-05T15:12:40Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05
dc.identifier.citation Bain , W 2006 , ' In Praise of Folly: International Administration and the Corruption of Humanity ' International Affairs , vol 82 , no. 3 , pp. 525-538 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0020-5850
dc.identifier.other PURE: 80695
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/793
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/793
dc.description Bain, William, 'In Praise of Folly: International Administration and the Corruption of Humanity', International Affairs, (2006) 82(3) pp.525-538 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Advocates of international administration tend to embrace conduct and utterance that proposes to vindicate fundamental human rights and freedoms by suspending an important part of its content: the principle that human beings should not be subject to coercion except where they have given their consent. This article begins by arguing that the character of this dilemma is obscured by a vocabulary of technique that divests the category 'international administration' of its normative coherence. In fact, international administration discloses two distinct modes of association—contract and trust—which presuppose different values, different obligations, and different expectations. The article proceeds in arguing that a trust instituted among equals is susceptible to objection in so far as trustee and beneficiary are necessarily joined in a coercive relationship that rules out the possibility of consent. The article concludes by arguing that recent attempts at reconciling this sort of relation with the demands of human rights entails a kind of corruption that is intelligible in making ordinary language correspond with the ideal, so that what was once described as the denial of human dignity—subjection to alien rule—is now described as the promotion and protection of fundamental human rights. en
dc.format.extent 14 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof International Affairs en
dc.title In Praise of Folly: International Administration and the Corruption of Humanity en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2006.00549.x
dc.contributor.institution Department of International Politics en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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