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The Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Nonviolence

James Pattison


If states are not to go to war, what should they do instead? In The Alternatives to War: From Sanctions to Non-violence, James Pattison considers the case for the alternatives to military action to address mass atrocities and aggression. He covers the normative issues raised by measures ranging from comprehensive economic sanctions, diplomacy, and positive incentives, to criminal prosecutions, non-violent resistance, accepting refugees, and arming rebels. For instance, given the indiscriminateness of many sanctions regimes, are sanctions any better than war? Should states avoid ‘megaphone dipl ... More

Keywords: aggression, alternatives to war, criminal prosecutions, diplomacy, ethics, non-violence, positive incentives, responsibility to protect, sanctions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198755203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198755203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Pattison, author
Professor of Politics, University of Manchester