Critical Perspectives: Marxist and Anarchist Approaches

  • Scott Burchill


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.


Foreign Policy Free Trade International Relation Common Interest National Interest 
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© Scott Burchill 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Scott Burchill
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  1. 1.Deakin UniversityAustralia

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