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(p. 30) 3. Liberalism 

(p. 30) 3. Liberalism
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(p. 30) 3. Liberalism
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Patrick Morgan

DOI:
10.1093/hepl/9780198708315.003.0003
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date: 25 February 2021

This chapter examines the liberalist approach to the theory and practice of international politics. It begins with an overview of liberalism’s main characteristics, including its description of international politics as evolving, becoming more imbued with interdependence, cooperation, peace, and security. It then considers the major liberalist schools of thought, namely: commercial or economic liberalism, human rights liberalism, international organization or institutions liberalism, and democratic liberalism. After explaining liberalism’s position on human rights and democracy, the chapter explores democratic peace theory. It concludes with a discussion of the Arab Spring as an example of recent developments that have put the liberalist perspective under great strain.

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