October 27, 2010

Alternative Futures: Hilton Root on the Waning of Liberal Internationalism and the Resurgence of Global Governance Diversity

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The present institutional structure of the international system does not provide sufficient stimulus for transition to republican democracy as liberal optimists hope. Neither does liberal internationalism provide a coherent historical sociology for the spread of liberal democracy. A new theoretical framework of social relations is needed. Professor Root will explain why this is so and describe the sort of features a new set of institutions will require.