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The Global CovenantHuman Conduct in a World of States$
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Robert Jackson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262014

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199262012.001.0001

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The Normative Dialogue of International Society

The Normative Dialogue of International Society

(p.1) 1 The Normative Dialogue of International Society
The Global Covenant

Robert Jackson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter begins with two conversations: one imaginary and one historical to illustrate the kind of dialogue that currently takes place in world politics. It summarizes the political conversation of humankind by focusing on the discourses of diplomacy and international law. It outlines the basic norms of international society: procedural norms of international law and prudential norms of statecraft. It then argues that a normative dialogue of world politics is possible to the extent that it is divorced from the values of particular civilisations.

Keywords:   world politics, political conversation, normative dialogue, international society

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