Critical Perspectives: Marxist and Anarchist Approaches
In modern political discourse, appeals to the national interest are usually made in contrast to claims by sectional interests — the greater national good rather than the domestic group interest. The nation’s interest is commonly regarded as the highest political value beyond which there can be no claim: the sum total is considered greater than the individual parts. Appealing to the national interest is also designed to confer legitimacy upon public policy, invoking a sense of patriotism and group loyalty which should not be challenged.
KeywordsForeign Policy Free Trade International Relation Common Interest National Interest
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