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Between Anarchy and Society: Trusteeship and the Obligations of Power

William Bain


The international administration of troubled states—whether in Bosnia, Kosovo, or East Timor—has seen a return to the principle of trusteeship: i.e. situations in which some form of international supervision is required in a particular territory in order both to maintain order and to foster the norms and practices of fair self‐government. This book rescues the normative discourse of trusteeship from the obscurity into which it has fallen since decolonization. It traces the development of trusteeship from its emergence out of debates concerning the misrule of the East India Company (Ch. 2), to ... More

Keywords: Africa, anarchy, barbarian, Bosnia, civilization, decolonization, East India Company, East Timor, English School, equality, human dignity, imperial Africa, institutionalization, international administration, international society, international supervision, internationalization, Kosovo, League of Nations, legitimacy, mandates system, paternalism, power, self‐determination, self‐government, society of states, trusteeship, UN

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199260263
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004 DOI:10.1093/0199260265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Bain, author
Lecturer in International Politics, University of Glasgow