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On Global OrderPower, Values, and the Constitution of International Society$
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Andrew Hurrell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233106.001.0001

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The anarchical society revisited

The anarchical society revisited

(p.25) 2 The anarchical society revisited
On Global Order

Andrew Hurrell

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays out some of the most important features of a pluralist view of the anarchical society of states. It discusses the principal features of a state-based pluralist conception of international society and introduces some of the major issues, debates, and dilemmas to which it has given rise. It establishes an initial framework against which subsequent developments and alternative conceptions can be evaluated. It then gives a sense of just why pluralism has remained such a powerful and influential way of thinking about international order. Although there can be no retreat to a pluralist world, it is important to understand the case for pluralism and to appreciate its continued vitality in political and legal practice, and in political theory. Pluralism continues to be viewed by many as both politically powerful and normatively attractive. The chapter is divided into four sections: pluralism and the state, pluralism and power, pluralism and values, and pluralism and law.

Keywords:   pluralism, international society, state, power, values, law

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