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Normative progress and pathological practices: the modern state and identity politics

Rae, Heather


Over the last five centuries, as the system of states has developed, so too have norms of legitimate state behaviour. These reflect the struggle of the international community to respond to practices, such as forced displacement, ethnic cleansing or genocide, that have come to be regarded as unacceptable. While there has not been any smooth evolution of norms that proscribe such practices, in different periods norms of legitimate state behaviour have been articulated in response to the most...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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