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Contending Liberalisms in World Politics

Ideology and Power

James L. Richardson (author)

ISBN: 9781555879150

Publication Date: Jun 2001

Format: Hardback

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This wide-ranging critique of current endeavours to construct a world order based on neoliberal ideology comes not from a standpoint opposed to liberalism, but from within liberalism itself. It traces the emergence over time of a distinctive liberal view of international relations.
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This wide-ranging critique of current endeavors to construct a world order based on neoliberal ideology comes not from a standpoint opposed to liberalism, but from within liberalism itself. After introducing the theme of contending liberalisms, Richardson traces the emergence over time of a distinctive liberal view of international relations and reviews the present state of liberal JR theory. He then turns to neoliberal ideology, examining it in detail - particularly in the context of globalization - and investigating the powerful forces that support and sustain it. His conclusion, offering modest grounds for optimism, assesses the prospects for an alternative, more equitable liberal order.

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An accessible, important, and consistently thought-provoking book on contemporary liberalism in international relations. Professor Richardson's devastating critique of global neoliberalism identifies the powerful forces in the current international order - and argues that a radical alternative for social justice and inclusiveness can be found within a wider understanding of liberalism. - David Long
Pages 230
Date Published 30 Jun 2001
Publisher Lynne Rienner Publishers
Subject/s International relations   Liberalism & centre democratic ideologies  
Introduction. Theoretical Orientation. Contending Liberalisms. Liberalism in International Relations. Neoliberalism in Practice. Forces Sustaining Neoliberal Ideology. The Search for Alternatives: Forces for Change. Conclusion.
James L. Richardson is emeritus professor of international relations at the Australian National University. His many publications include Crisis Diplomacy: The Great Powers Since the Mid-Nineteenth Century and (coedited with Richard Leaver) The Post-Cold War Order: Diagnoses and Prognoses.

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