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'With the best will in the world ...'?: Humanitarianism, non-state actors and the pursuit of 'purposes beyond ourselves'

O'Hagan, Jacinta


Debates about liberal internationalism in general and 'purposes beyond ourselves' in particular have focused largely on the role of states. Such a focus risks limiting our potential to achieve solidarist goals by tying us to the ontological and ethical concerns of the state. This article argues that a more expansive conception of agency, which includes non-state actors (NSAs), reflects more accurately the complexity of agency and interests within liberal internationalism. Using the example of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: International Politics: a journal of transnational issues and global problems
DOI: 10.1057/ip.2012.31


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