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The nature of the development-security industry

, cannot simply be moralised away via derogatory labelling. Such overt normativity via the labelling of acts as criminal effectively delegitimises conflict and conflict actors (Keen, 2002/03). In other words, one of the dangers of the discourse lies in the portrayal of conflict actors as morally inferior and void of political ambitions or status (Meron, 1995), which may result in morality and normative judgements replacing thorough political analysis (Douzinas, 2003). Further, portraying leaders as greedy ‘justifies open-ended and repeated international intervention on

in Building a peace economy?
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with positive freedom being more relevant to psychology or individual morality than to political theory. This, however, would be premature, for among the most hotly debated issues in political theory are the following: is the positive concept of freedom a political concept? Can individuals or groups achieve positive freedom through political action? Is it possible for the state to promote the positive freedom of citizens on

in Political concepts
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’s objections to intuitive morality apply to Singer’s type of argument. Singer is not offering a moral theory as such, but presenting us with something that it is said everyone would agree to, and if we agree to it, then we must agree to something else because the principle is the same. Singer gives the example of saving a drowning child at the expense of getting one’s trousers muddy, and extends the obligation felt in this situation

in Political concepts

in an article which examines ‘what the talk of morality and community really means’. Although she conceives of communitarianism in terms very similar to Etzioni’s – it ‘attempts to forge a new equilibrium between rights and responsibilities’ – she does not see Etzioni as a direct influence on New Labour or Blair, although she does believe that MacIntyre’s thought feeds

in The Third Way and beyond
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often underpinning the separation is that human persons are morally fundamental. Human persons are regarded as morally (not physically) distinct from their natural environment. 13 Kantian understanding of human agency and autonomy provides a classical rendering of this point. Kantian freedom, rationality and morality are wholly distinct from ‘natural causation’. The rational agent exists autonomously as an end in herself and

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war thinking. Without restraint war cannot be justified and yet, it seems, the more war is justified the less restrained it becomes. As realists have frequently observed, the attempt to subject war to moral regulation leads, all too easily, to its escalation rather than its limitation. Paradoxically, the biggest threat to the moral containment of war may come from morality itself. The more war is informed with moral purpose, the less limited it

in Political concepts
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Individuals acting together

. 5 A. Etzioni, The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society (London, Profile Books, 1997), p. 203. 6 Badhwar, ‘Moral Agency, Commitment and Impartiality’, p. 4, n. 6. 7 J. Raz, The Morality of Freedom (Oxford

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justice. From this perspective, politics may be regarded as a branch of ethics – the study of what is right. Focusing on morality in politics has been a feature of political ideologies, government decisions and party campaigners to the present day. Discourse on ‘ends’ or values, and the morality (not just practicality) of ‘means’ is a fundamental dimension of politics and is inherent in its very meaning

in Understanding political ideas and movements
Continuities and contradictions underpinning Amitai Etzioni’s communitarian influence on New Labour

values, he argues, ‘were relatively widely shared and strongly endorsed’, and so helped to promote a context in which societal members ‘had a strong sense of duty to their families, communities and society’. 14 Pertinently, morality and order during this period are seen by Etzioni to generate stable relations. Christianity was the dominant and guiding religion. Incidences of

in The Third Way and beyond

the Good Society’. 32 On the theme of social morality, Field often stated that the welfare state does not operate in a moral vacuum, but that in fact it teaches values. 33 Similarly, David Blunkett often repeated the theme of ‘rights and responsibility’, and occasionally spoke about the need to create ‘healthy, cohesive societies’. 34 Alastair Darling was the most

in The Third Way and beyond