Just and Unjust Interventions in World Politics: Public and by Catherine Lu (auth.)

By Catherine Lu (auth.)

Taking insights and controversies from feminist political thought, Lu seems to be to light up replacement photos of 'sovereignty as privateness' and 'sovereignty as responsibility', and to spot new demanding situations coming up from the elevated business enterprise of non-public worldwide civil society, and their dating with the area of states.

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49 The unsettled, dynamic, and hence problematic nature of ordering social relations pertains to the domestic realm, as well as to the international domain. Empirically, dichotomization of 'private' and 'public' leads to a denial of the complexity of units, relations and activities covered by these categories. The uniformity of the 'private' or 'domestic' realm implied by a simple dichotomous view of the distinction hides the internal complexity of most states, characterized by ethnic, religious, economic, social and normative, if not political, plurality.

IV Caveats This discussion so far may allow one to agree with Jeff Weintraub that the public/private construct 'can neither be conveniently simplified nor usefully avoided,' in international as well as domestic political theoryY In the following chapters, I will explore how some prominent ethical perspectives understand the public/private construct at the international level, and the attendant implications for their understanding of intervention as a moral problem in world politics. Before embarking on this exploration of the ethics of intervention and the public/private construct in world politics, it may be helpful to highlight some caveats.

What contributions can it make to a normative inquiry into the legitimacy of intervention, especially 'humanitarian intervention'? Before tackling these questions it is important to note that realism is internally varied, with its proponents as well as its critics engaged in a perpetual debate over the substance, meaning and cogency of its fundamental precepts. Modern realism was born amidst the rubble of two World Wars, and like an orphaned child of war who grows to maturity in relation to an unrecoverable past, it is a perspective that has had to invent its own history and original founders.

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