What does responsibility mean in International Relations (IR)? This handbook brings together cutting-edge research on the critical debates about responsibility that are currently being undertaken in IR theory.
This handbook both reflects upon an emerging field based on an engagement in the most crucial theoretical debates and serves as a foundational text by showing how deeply a discussion of responsibility is embedded in broader questions of IR theory and practice. Contributions cover the way in which responsibility is theorized across different approaches in IR and relevant neighboring disciplines and demonstrate how responsibility matters in different policy fields of global governance. Chapters with an empirical focus zoom in on particular actor constellations of (emerging) states, international organizations, political movements, or corporations, or address how responsibility matters in structuring the politics of global commons, such as oceans, resources, or the Internet.
Providing a comprehensive overview of IR scholarship on responsibility, this accessible and interdisciplinary text will be a valuable resource for scholars and students in many fields including IR, international law, political theory, global ethics, science and technology, area studies, development studies, business ethics, and environmental and security governance.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Responsibility in International Relations Theory and Practice: Introducing the Handbook
Hannes Hansen-Magnusson and Antje Vetterlein
Part I – The Concept of Responsibility in International Relations Theory
Chapter 2 – A Plural Theory of Responsibility
Ilan Zvi Baron
Chapter 3 – The Emergence of Responsibility as a Global Scheme of Governance
Chapter 4 – Human Rights Approach(es) to Responsibility
Chapter 5 – Political Responsibility in a Globalized but Fractured Age
Chapter 6 – Moral IRresponsibility in World Politics
Chapter 7 – Rationalization, Reticence, and the Demands of Global Social and Economic Justice
Chapter 8 – Responsibility and Authority in Global Governance
Jelena Cupać and Michael Zürn
Chapter 9 – Responsibility and the English School
Part II – Mapping Responsibility Relations Across Policy Fields
Chapter 10 – The Assigning and Erosion of Responsibility for the Global Environment
Chapter 11 – Moral Geographies of Responsibility in the Global Agrifood System
Tobias Gumbert and Doris Fuchs
Chapter 12 – State Responsibilities and International Nuclear Politics
Laura Considine and James Souter
Chapter 13 – Delegating Moral Responsibility in War: Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Responsibility Gap
Chapter 14 – Negotiating Protection through Responsibility
Chapter 15 – From Lisbon to Sendai: Responsibilities in International Disaster Management
Marco Krüger and Friedrich Gabel
Part III – Responsibility Relations: Subjects, Objects and Speakers of Responsibility
Chapter 16 – Responsible Diplomacy: Judgments, Wider National Interests and Diplomatic Peace
Chapter 17 – Rising Powers and Responsibility
Johannes Plagemann and Amrita Narlikar
Chapter 18 – Responsibility as an Opportunity: China’s Water Governance in the Mekong Region
Chapter 19 – Responsibility as practice: Implications of UN Security Council Responsibilization
Chapter 20 – Rebel with a Cause: Rebel Responsibility in Intrastate Conflict Situations
Chapter 21 – What Responsibility for International Organisations? The Independent Accountability Mechanisms of the Multilateral Development Banks
Chapter 22 – The International Labour Organization's Role to ensure decent Work in a globalized Economy: a contested Responsibility?
Chapter 23 – Business and Responsibility for Human Rights in Global Governance
David Jason Karp
Chapter 24 – Social Media Actors: Shared Responsibility 3.0?
Part IV – Global Commons as Responsibility Objects
Chapter 25 – Responsibility on the High Seas
Samuel Barkin and Elizabeth DeSombre
Chapter 26 – The Role of Humanity's Responsibility towards Biodiversity: the BBNJ Treaty
Rachel Tiller, Elizabeth Nyman, Elizabeth Mendenhall and Elizabeth De Santo
Chapter 27 – A Responsibility to freeze? The Arctic as a complex Object of Responsibility
Mathias Albert and Sebastian Knecht
Chapter 28 – Responsibility for Global Finance: Shareholders, Supervisors, and Stakeholders
Michael Christopher Sardo and Erin Lockwood
Chapter 29 – Diplomacy and Responsibilities in the Transnational Governance of the Cyber Domain
Part V – Critical Reflections & Theoretical Debates
Chapter 30 – Framing Responsibility Research in International Relations by Antje Wiener
Chapter 31 – Academic Responsibility in the Face of Climate Change by Patrick Th. Jackson
Chapter 32 – Derrida’s Ethics of Decision and the Politics of responding to Others by Stephan Engelkamp
Chapter 33 – On Potential and Limits of the Concept of Responsibility as a Reference Point for the Use of Practical Reason by Sergio Dellavalle
Hannes Hansen-Magnusson is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University and Director of the International Studies Research Unit.
Antje Vetterlein is Professor of Global Governance at the University of Münster and Associate Professor at Copenhagen Business School.