Liberal World Order in Crisis Choosing Between Imposition and Restraint

ISBN-10: 0801450225
ISBN-13: 9780801450228
Edition: 2011
Authors: Georg Sorensen
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/6/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The collapse of the bipolar international system near the end of the twentieth century changed political liberalism from a regional system with aspirations of universality to global ideological dominance as the basic vision of how international life should be organized. Yet in the last two decades liberal democracies have not been able to create an effective and legitimate liberal world order. In A Liberal World Order in Crisis, Georg Sorensen suggests that this is connected to major tensions between two strains of liberalism: a "liberalism of imposition" affirms the universal validity of liberal values and is ready to use any means to secure the worldwide expansion of liberal principles. A "liberalism of restraint" emphasizes nonintervention, moderation, and respect for others. This book is the first comprehensive discussion of how tensions in liberalism create problems for the establishment of a liberal world order. The book is also the first skeptical liberal statement to appear since the era of liberal optimism-based in anticipation of the end of history-in the 1990s. Sorensen identifies major competing analyses of world order and explains why their focus on balance-of-power competition, civilizational conflict, international terrorism, and fragile states is insufficient.

Georg Sorensen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Aarhus. He is the author of several books, including Democracy and Democratization: Processes and Prospects in a Changing World and Changes in Statehood: The Transformation of International Relations .

Preface
Introduction: The Argument
The Debate on World Order
Tensions in Liberalism: Universal Values for All or a Pluralist World?
Values and Liberal World Order
A Different Security Dilemma: Liberals Facing Weak and Failed States
Free Markets for All: The Difficulties of Maintaining a Stable Liberal World Economy
Institutions and Liberal World Order
Conclusion: Prospects for Liberal World Order
List of Abbreviations
References
Index

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