Introduction: liberal world order

Dunne, Tim, Flockhart, Trine and Koivisto, Marjo (2013). Introduction: liberal world order. In Tim Dunne and Trine Flockhart (Ed.), Liberal World Orders (pp. 1-22) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

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Author Dunne, Tim
Flockhart, Trine
Koivisto, Marjo
Title of chapter Introduction: liberal world order
Title of book Liberal World Orders
Place of Publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Year 2013
Sub-type Introduction, foreword, editorial or appendix
Series Proceedings of the British Academy
ISBN 9780197265529
ISSN 0068-1202
Editor Tim Dunne
Trine Flockhart
Volume number 190
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Total chapters 14
Collection year 2014
Language eng
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In this collection of essays, the contributors help us to make sense of these apparent contradictions through challenging the way in which the debate about liberalism has been conducted within the IR academy as well as in policy circles. Against the theoreticians, we argue that liberalism has suffered from being too closely tied to the quest for scientific authenticity, resulting in a theoretical perspective with little or no commitment to political values and political vision. By turning the classical liberalism of Kant, Paine, and Mill, into the neoliberalism of Moravcsik, Keohane, and Simmons, liberalism has been shorn of its critical and normative potential. Going beyond the current political debate, we argue that liberalism cannot be understood if its focus is solely directed at the United States and the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. To be sure, liberal order version 2.0 may be seen as synonymous with American power and American policy, and liberal internationalism is to many synonymous with Wilsonianism. However, by viewing liberal order's crisis primarily as a crisis of authority, and by not looking further than the twentieth century, liberalism has been separated from its historical origins and previous rich debates about dilemmas, tensions, and contradictions similar to those of today's liberal order.
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