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International Political Theory/Brown: [within the field of international political theory] there is one central question that recurs, namely that of establishing the right relationship between the universal and the particular in international relations. More concretely, contemporary international relations can be seen as the site of a
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clash between two conflicting sets of norms:
a) the 'sovereignty' norms associated with the so-called Westphalia system, which endorse notions such as national self-determination and non-intervention and focus on the rights of states and/or political communities, and
b) the 'human rights' norms, established post-1945, which lay down universal standards of behaviour that all sovereigns are expected to respect. This clash takes a number of different forms, obviously coming into play when issues such as humanitarian intervention and universal criminal jurisdiction are involved, but also lying behind the current discourse on global inequality and international social justice. >Sovereignty/International political theory,
>Human rights/International political theory,
>International Law/International political theory,
>Justice International political theory,
>Inequalities/International political theory.


Brown, Chris 2004. „Political Theory and International Relations“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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PolBrown I
Wendy Brown
American Nightmare:Neoliberalism, neoconservativism, and de-democratization 2006

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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