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Thomas Robb

increasingly Euro-centric nature of British defence and foreign policy. As Lord Carrington wrote, ‘Defence had come full circle. It was not only to start but almost to end 02_Strained_partnership_024-072.indd 33 18/11/2013 09:37 34 A strained partnership? at home.’73 Furthermore, the British had been perceived by the Nixon administration to have undermined US interests. As shown in subsequent chapters, when US–UK opinion collided, the Nixon administration would not always react in such a subdued manner. EEC expansion: A future competitor? As Denis Greenhill argued, for

in A strained partnership?
Dominant approaches
M. Anne Brown

notions of human rights draw indirectly or directly on some of our most deeply embedded presumptions and reference-points – for those of us in liberal democracies, particularly those cosmologies concerning the nature of the person and of political community. Questions about and concepts of the human as individual, of what is right, the state, justice, freedom, equality, and so on, flicker like a constellation of stars just off the edge of our fields of analysis – fading in and out, holding much, promising or claimed as anchorage, yet elusive and obscure. For many, the

in Human rights and the borders of suffering
Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

pre-eminence and his manifest superiority to the animal kingdom, has been shaken by scientific advances. As a result, some argue for animal rights to be as valid as a human’s and that man has a moral obligation to observe them. In fact, animal rights campaigners question the entire legitimacy of a political system based on rights that apply only to humans. The nature of rights At this point it might be

in Understanding political ideas and movements
The nature of the development-security industry
Jenny H. Peterson

4062 building a peace economy_2652Prelims 25/11/2013 15:06 Page 43 3 Explaining the dynamics of transformation: the nature of the development-security industry AKING INTO account the common themes emerging from analyses of policies and agendas aimed at tackling the problem of war economies, it is clear that both the nature and outcomes of the transformation agenda are determined by a number of interdependent processes. These processes are determined by the interests and beliefs of powerful actors, in this case the network of actors that determine and implement

in Building a peace economy?
Mads Qvortrup

populations in Europe continued to accept the literal truth of the Bible and the existence of a Christian order, those in the forefront of the new scientific and intellectual movements had been ‘alienated from a Church that insisted on the literal truth of revelation’ (Hampson 1990: 94). It was left to d’Holbach, in his Système de la nature, to assert, with characteristic bluntness, that there was no divine purpose and no master plan: The whole cannot have an object, for outside itself there is nothing towards which it can tend … Men have completely failed to see that this

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Sarah Hale, Will Leggett, and Luke Martell

agenda. This is based on neo-liberal assumptions about the nature of a ‘changed world’ that must be adapted to, the perceived failure of both the Old Left and the neo-liberals themselves in responding to that change, and the need for a consensual society apparently free from antagonism in developing new responses. This analysis reveals the Third Way as an attempt to actively construct

in The Third Way and beyond
M. Anne Brown

. Thus, rather than being primarily an evangelical task of ‘truth-bearing’, or an assertion of the inevitable ‘rightness’ of a particular model of government, the promotion of human rights may demand long-term engagement with particular institutions or knots of social practice – with mechanisms for constructing community – across and between cultures. Response to abuse is part of a long and slow conversation between and across cultures on the nature of political community and the place of injury within it. In practical terms, efforts to change violent or injurious

in Human rights and the borders of suffering
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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

thinkers. POINTS TO CONSIDER Why was the conservative reaction to the Enlightenment and the French Revolution less structured than that of other ideological and political movements? How far have events in the last hundred years tended to support conservative attitudes to human nature, society, the economy, and the importance of law and tradition? To what degree has the British Conservative Party

in Understanding political ideas and movements
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Kevin Harrison and Tony Boyd

conflicts. These are ‘politics’, ‘power’ and ‘justice’. Politics It may at first sight seem superfluous to define ‘politics’: the word is in common use and everyone knows what it means. In fact there is more than one way of describing politics and exploration of these different approaches can cast a useful light on the nature of the topic. Supposedly value-free definitions often reveal

in Understanding political ideas and movements
Brian White

which policy is made, the nature of the policy process, the instruments used, the issue in question, and so on (Allen and Smith 1990 ). A second problem area with this approach is the assumption that the EU can be appropriately analysed and evaluated as a single actor. The position taken here is that to conceive of the EU as an actor, a ‘presence’ or an ‘international identity’ – in short to adopt

in Rethinking European Union Foreign Policy