© 1993

Political Theory, International Relations, and the Ethics of Intervention

  • Ian Forbes
  • Mark Hoffman

Part of the Southampton Studies in International Policy book series (SSIP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Intervention and State Sovereignty in the International System

  3. Definitions and Dilemmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Peter Johnson
      Pages 61-72
  4. Theoretical Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Caroline Thomas
      Pages 91-103
    3. Barrie Paskins
      Pages 113-121
    4. R. J. Vincent, Peter Wilson
      Pages 122-130
  5. Hard Cases

  6. Theoretical Departures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177

About this book


This volume is about the discourse and practice of intervention and non-intervention in international relations. The product of a dialogue between theorists of politics and international relations, it argues that intervention is endemic in world politics but that we need to move beyond traditional accounts of such practices. In moving towards a more encompassing approach, it explores traditional and post-modern perspectives on our understanding of sovereignty, the state and the state system; conceptions of power, identity and agency; and universal, particularist and contingent justifications for intervention and non-intervention.


interdependence international relations intervention Israel political theory politics realism sovereignty world order

Editors and affiliations

  • Ian Forbes
    • 1
  • Mark Hoffman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of SouthamptonUK
  2. 2.London School of EconomicsUK

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