This volume is a successor volume to The Reason of States. Part 1 discusses ways in which to understand the nature, possibility and limits of community beyond the state. Specific chapters are devoted to the practical attempts of statesmen, lawyers, strategists and economists to devise morally defensible international policies on the basis of interest. Part 3 challenges the conventional morality of states from alternative standpoints: Kantian morality, a reconsideration of the contemporary relevance of natural law, an examination of the concept of responsibility in international politics and an analysis of the role of language in the development of communities.
Introduction James Mayall Part 1: The Contemporary Order 1. Diplomatic Structure and Idiom Cornelia Navari 2. Soverignty Christopher Brewin 3. Nationalism Brian Porter Part 2: The Conventional Morality of States 4. International Law Hidemi Suganami 5. Realpolitik John Vincent 6. A Community of Terror? Barrie Paskins 7. The Liberal Economy James Mayall Part 3: Alternative Positions 8. The Individual and International Relations Peter F. Butler 9. Human Rights and International Community Zdenek Kavan 10. A Community of Mankind Michael Donelan 11. An Ethic of Responsibility Moorhead Wright 12. Language, Culture and the Concept of International Political Community Alan Pleydell