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What it implies is that theory is causally related to practice and in order to analyse a substantive phenomenon we need to study not only its empirical manifestations, but also the way it has been constructed in theory, and the implications of the latter for practice. To put it differently, the review of academic literature on post-Cold War policies of human-rights enforcement provided here is part of the research, and not a preliminary to it, as is usually the case in studies underpinned by a positivist epistemology which categorically separates theory from practice.
There follow some examples of analyses of the practice of humanitarian intervention in the post-Cold War period. Bennis, for example, states the following with respect to UNauthorized humanitarian operations: in the real world any UN decision to intervene or any UN decision to legitimize or endorse any country’s unilateral intervention against another country will reflect the dominant power of the intervening side and the relative impotence of the subject nation [and] . . anyone who believes that the real motivation for outside governmental military intervention (UN endorsed or otherwise) is the alleviation of civilian hardship is suffering from a serious delusion of benevolence (Bennis, 1996, p.
The argument in this chapter will follow in the footsteps of a so-called ‘neoGramscian’ approach to international relations. The latter has argued that a developing order can be described as a hegemony of transnational capital, but this argument will be refined in the following way: the emerging global hegemony indeed serves the interests of transnational capital, but it is not reducible to it. It is a structure within which hegemonic actors are substitutable: they can indeed be transnational corporations, but they can also include different international organizations or states that exercise power over other actors with reference to a set of global standards.