Kant, Mill and illiberal legacies in international affairs

Jahn, Beate (2005) Kant, Mill and illiberal legacies in international affairs. International Organization, 59 (1). pp. 177-207. ISSN 0020-8183

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While the revival of the concept of “imperialism” appears to be a reaction to recent political challenges, I argue that it has always been at the core of liberal thought in international relations. While liberal internationalism enlists the authority of Immanuel Kant, at its heart one finds the security dilemma between liberal and nonliberal states as well as the propagation of particularist law under a universal guise. This un-Kantian liberal thought, however, has a classical precedent in John Stuart Mill, with whom it shares the justification of imperialist policies. A historically sensitive reading of Mill and Kant, however, can explain the striking failures of liberal internationalism in spreading liberal institutions as well as reducing international conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Beate Jahn
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2012 09:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12790
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