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Taking the Habermasian Road: A Response to John S. Dryzek (Online Exclusive)

| May 2012
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While Dryzek’s new focus could indicate the advent of “normal science” in conceptualizing transnational public spheres, it leads to inconsistencies within his theoretical framework.

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The Ethics of America’s Afghan War

| June 2011
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To address the concerns of those whose futures are at stake, moral inquiry into America’s Afghan war must consider specific and detailed alternatives, not just “Stay or go.” I will argue that the United States has had a moral duty, at least since the end of 2010, actively to pursue negotiations with the Taliban and […]

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Liberal Loyalty: Freedom, Obligation, and the State by Anna Stilz

| June 2011
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In this highly engaging book, Anna Stilz seeks to offer a liberal solution to
the problem of political obligations. As she points out, a liberal who argues
that citizens have special obligations to their state and compatriots faces two
challenges: the “cosmopolitan challenge” casts doubt on the possibility
of reconciling liberal universal values with special concern for one’s compatriots;
the “particularity objection” deems it impossible to construct a liberal
argument that will show why citizens have obligations to a particular state, rather
than to any state that promotes freedom and equality.

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<i>Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets</i> by Debra Satz

Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets by Debra Satz

| June 2011
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Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets, Debra Satz (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), 252 pp., $35 cloth. With this new work Debra Satz has managed that rare feat of producing a book that should appeal both to a wide audience as well as to academic specialists. By […]

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<i>Practical Judgement in International Political Theory: Selected Essays</i> by Chris Brown [Full Text]

Practical Judgement in International Political Theory: Selected Essays by Chris Brown [Full Text]

| June 2011
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Practical Judgement in International Political Theory: Selected Essays, Chris Brown (London: Routledge, 2010), 320 pp., $135 cloth, $44.95 paper. Professor Brown has brought together a collection of his previously published essays, the earliest going back to 1987, which represent his contributions to international political theory, with particular reference to the nature of international relations, international […]

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Global Democratization: Soup, Society, or System?

| June 2011
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John Dryzek identifis and compares three emerging ways of thinking about democracy in global politics—as a soup, a society, and a system.

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Minding the Gap: Global Finance and Human Rights

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Although there now exists a large and growing body of literature and initiatives on finance and human rights separately, the integration of the two fields has so far been shallow and narrowly focused around a few key areas that are most easily comprehensible to those without specialist financial knowledge. Large swaths of the financial system […]

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Online Exclusive: Choosing What to Do in Afghanistan: A Reply by Richard W. Miller [Full Text]

| June 2011
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In responding to some especially important doubts and disagreements in the rich comments on my essay on America’s Afghan war, my refrain will be, “Take account of the specific features of the particular choice in question.” So it will help, at the outset, to distinguish my central claims about choices in Afghanistan from others that […]

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