1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook on Responsibility in International Relations

Edited By Hannes Hansen-Magnusson, Antje Vetterlein Copyright 2022
    504 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    504 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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

    Tomer Shadmy

    Chapter 4 – Human Rights Approach(es) to Responsibility

    Brooke Ackerley

    Chapter 5 – Political Responsibility in a Globalized but Fractured Age

    Richard Beardsworth

    Chapter 6 – Moral IRresponsibility in World Politics

    Peter Sutch

    Chapter 7 – Rationalization, Reticence, and the Demands of Global Social and Economic Justice

    Mark Busser

    Chapter 8 – Responsibility and Authority in Global Governance

    Jelena Cupać and Michael Zürn

    Chapter 9 – Responsibility and the English School

    Viktor Friedman


    Part II – Mapping Responsibility Relations Across Policy Fields

    Chapter 10 – The Assigning and Erosion of Responsibility for the Global Environment

    Steven Bernstein

    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

    Elke Schwarz

    Chapter 14 – Negotiating Protection through Responsibility

    Erna Burai

    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

    Markus Kornprobst

    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

    Yung-Yung Chang

    Chapter 19 – Responsibility as practice: Implications of UN Security Council Responsibilization

    Holger Niemann

    Chapter 20 – Rebel with a Cause: Rebel Responsibility in Intrastate Conflict Situations

    Mitja Sienknecht

    Chapter 21 – What Responsibility for International Organisations? The Independent Accountability Mechanisms of the Multilateral Development Banks

    Susan Park

    Chapter 22 – The International Labour Organization's Role to ensure decent Work in a globalized Economy: a contested Responsibility?

    Julia Drubel

    Chapter 23 – Business and Responsibility for Human Rights in Global Governance

    David Jason Karp

    Chapter 24 – Social Media Actors: Shared Responsibility 3.0?

    Gabi Schlag


    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

    Andrea Calderaro


    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.