Sovereignty, Rights and Justice: International Political Theory Today
July 2002, Polity
International theory in the twentieth century is then examined,
leading into a consideration of some of the key issues of
late-twentieth-century international relations, including the
rights of political communities; the ethics of force in
international relations; human rights; humanitarian intervention;
global social justice and the moral relevance of borders; cultural
diversity and the ‘Asian values' debate. In the final
chapters, the impact of globalization on all these issues is
This is an accessible introduction to one of the most important areas of contemporary political theory, and one based firmly on the analysis of real-world problems.
Prologue: September 11th, 2001.
Introduction: Sovereignty, Rights and Justice.
The Westphalia System: The Law of Nations and the Society of States.
The Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Thought.
Realism, Liberal Internationalism and 20th Century International Political Theory.
Self-Determination and Non-Intervention.
Force, Violence and International Political Theory.
The Contemporary International Human Rights Regime.
Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Intervention.
Global Inequality and International Social Justice.
Cultural Diversity and International Political Theory.
Post-Westphalian International Political Theory.
A World Gone Wrong?.
- A comprehensive introduction to international political theory
- Weaves together the classical concerns of both international relations theory and political theory
Written by a world-leading academic in the field
Based firmly on the analysis of real-world problems
"Chris Brown argues that the importance of international
political theory lies in its concern with the real issues that
affect the lives of ordinary people. Central to this agenda are
questions of sovereignty, rights and justice. The book addresses
these issues in a comprehensive and combative style: this is
vintage Brown." Professor Ken Booth, University of
"It gives a very interesting and comprehensive introduction to the state of international political theory today ... In addition, Brown has a pleasant and accessible style of writing ... A very good introduction." Acta Politica