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Institutionalizing the Just War

Allen Buchanan


This book challenges traditional and contemporary just war theorizing, by taking seriously the role of social practices and institutions in decisions to go to war. It argues that which substantive moral principles regarding the initiation of war are valid can depend upon the institutional processes within which the decisions are made. Traditional and mainstream contemporary just war theorists proceed as if institutions don’t exist or as if existing institutional resources for influencing decision-making are so negligible that they may be disregarded. They fail to consider the possibility that ... More

Keywords: institutions, just war, institutional innovation, preventive war, humanitarian intervention, traditional just war theory, contemporary just war theory, precommitment for intervention, preventive war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allen Buchanan, author
James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law, Duke University