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Introduction

  • Antonio Franceschet

Abstract

Liberals disagree on the nature and purposes of reforming politics. This applies not simply to politics within states and societies but among and across them. Certainly there has always been disagreement in the history of liberalism on the “international problem,” that is, anarchy, hostility, and war among states. However, this disagreement is much more profound and important than is conventionally thought. This is because the divisions within liberalism and its internationalist form are exacerbated and complicated by recent global developments and changes. A traditional concern with how best to manage and improve relations among states is now being challenged and is in crisis.1 There is a growing sense—among some at least-that it is time to go beyond this limited, statist agenda and instead reform and transform a far wider array of political relationships among a plurality of actors, state and nonstate, public and private, national, regional, and local. In short, what is needed is not mere international reform but a global reform project aimed at democratizing the emerging structures, processes, and institutions of global governance.

Keywords

North American Free Trade Agreement International Politics Political Reform Sovereign State Global Justice 
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