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Humanitarian intervention and the moral dimension of violence


Brostrom, J, Humanitarian intervention and the moral dimension of violence, Violence and the state, Manchester University Press, M Killingsworth, M Sussex, and J Pakulski (ed), Manchester, pp. 155-182. ISBN 978-0-7190-9702-7 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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THIS CHAPTER EXAMINES the use of moral suasion in cases of violence, justified as humanitarian intervention. It argues that rather than this being reflective of normative shifts in world politics brought about by global civil society, it can be explained by referring to the role of power and interests. After an examination of how supporters of global civil society have argued for changing norms of sovereignty tied to greater acceptance of human rights, the chapter takes a critical view of the notion of the just use of force. Specifically I argue that where instances of humanitarian intervention have occurred, there have been particularistic national interests motivating elite decisions to use force. Thus, the chapter finds that normative perspectives misrepresent the moral considerations that justify the use of force. Instead I find that a focus on the interests relative to morality offers a more accurate understanding of what factors motivate a state's commitment to resort to violence in order to achieve 'humanitarian' objectives.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:humanitarianism, violence, moral
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Political science
Research Field:International relations
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Brostrom, J (Ms Jannika Brostrom)
ID Code:126179
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-05-28
Last Modified:2018-08-09

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