Contending Liberalisms in World Politics: Ideology and Power
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 relation... read full description below.
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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
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.