Ethics, Obligation and the Responsibility to Protect: Contesting the Global Power Relations of Accountability, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Ethics, Obligation and the Responsibility to Protect

Contesting the Global Power Relations of Accountability, 1st Edition

By Mark Busser

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224 pages

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This book critically examines arguments about ‘obligation’ and ‘responsibility’ in relation to the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) and situates it within wider moral argumentation concerning the role of culpability, answerability, and human rights in international affairs.

It discusses the ways in which RtoP has been imagined and contested, in order to illuminate some possible trajectories through which its potential might be actualized. Crucial to the development of a more ‘responsible’ world politics, will be the recognition that formal inter-state ‘regimes’ of responsibility will need to be embedded within wider social ‘fields’ of responsibility constituted by the participation of attentive and mobilized global citizens ready to hold elites accountable. This book provides novel ideas to better understand the role of rhetoric and moral argumentation in international relations. Much of the novel contributions comes in the form of its conceptual breakdown of the ambiguous concept of ‘responsibility’, which often clouds clear understanding not only in international relations, but also in the specific debates over the ethics and practice of the international responsibility to protect regime.

This book will be of much interest to students of the responsibility to protect, human rights, global governance, and International Relations in general.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Ambiguous Concept of Responsibility

2. Modes of Responsibility and International Relations Theory

3. Fields of Responsibility and the Performativity of Moral Argument

4. The Responsibility to Protect and the Reframing of Sovereignty

5. The Responsibility to Protect at the UN World Summit

6. The Politics of Responsibility and Balancing the R2P

7. R2P Norm ‘Competitors’ and Critical Norm Translation

8. Debating the Responsibility to Protect

9. The Responsibility to Protect and the Reframing of Sovereignty

About the Author

Mark Busser is currently Assistant Professor in Political Science at McMaster University, Canada

About the Series

Global Politics and the Responsibility to Protect

This book series aims to gather the best new thinking about the Responsibility to Protect into a core set of volumes that provides a definitive account of the principle, its implementation, and role in crises, reflecting a plurality of views and regional perspectives.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027000
HISTORY / Military / General
POL011000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POL014000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Law Enforcement
POL034000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Peace
POL035010
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
POL048000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Intergovernmental Organizations
POL061000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Genocide & War Crimes