Reconsidering institutional cosmopolitanism : global poverty and the importance of the state in international political theory

Slaughter, Steven 2009, Reconsidering institutional cosmopolitanism : global poverty and the importance of the state in international political theory, Global change, peace & security, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 37-52.

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Title Reconsidering institutional cosmopolitanism : global poverty and the importance of the state in international political theory
Author(s) Slaughter, Steven
Journal name Global change, peace & security
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 37
End page 52
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 1478-1158
1478-1166
Keyword(s) international political theory
global governance
global poverty
cosmopolitanism
republicanism
Summary Cosmopolitan scholarship has been at the forefront of efforts to consider political structures capable of realising justice in a more robust manner than prevailing global governance arrangements. In particular, the arguments of Thomas Pogge have contributed significantly to scholarly thinking about global poverty and his scheme of 'institutional cosmopolitanism' aspires to institutionalise human rights in the structures of global governance. This essay critiques the capacity of Pogge's cosmopolitan approach to productively guide political action in relation to global poverty by questioning whether global institutions generated by human rights are sufficient to address global poverty. The argument in this essay is that a viable guide to political action which alleviates global poverty must also take account of the potential utility of the state. This essays draws upon republican ideas to contend that cosmopolitanism needs to encompass a robust account of local institutions such as the state.
Language eng
Field of Research 160699 Political Science not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021316

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