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The Power of Deliberation: International Law, Politics and Organizations

Ian Johnstone


Arguing about matters of public policy is ubiquitous in democracies. The ability to resolve conflicts through peaceful contestation is a measure of any well-ordered society. Arguing is almost as ubiquitous in international affairs, yet it is not viewed as an important element of world order. This book challenges the assumption that arguing is mere lip service with no real impact on the behavior of states or the structure of the international system. The book focuses on legal argumentation and asks why, if the rhetoric of law is inconsequential, governments and other international actors bother ... More

Keywords: public policy, conflicts, peaceful contestation, arguing, legal argumentation, rhetoric of law, deliberation, international organizations, interpretive communities

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195394931
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394931.001.0001


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Ian Johnstone, author
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
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