The Politics of the Anthropocene is a sophisticated yet accessible treatment of how human institutions, practices, and principles need to be re-thought in response to the challenges of the Anthropocene, the emerging epoch of human-induced instability in the Earth system and its life-support capacities. However, the world remains stuck with practices and modes of thinking that were developed in the Holocene - the epoch of around 12,000 years of unusual stability in the Earth system, toward the end of which modern institutions such as states and capitalist markets arose. These institutions persist despite their potentially catastrophic failure to respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene, foremost among them a rapidly changing climate and accelerating biodiversity loss. The pathological trajectories of these institutions need to be disrupted by advancing ecological reflexivity: the capacity of structures, systems, and sets of ideas to question their own core commitments, and if necessary change themselves, while listening and responding effectively to signals from the Earth system.
Recent IERG Books (since 2016)
The Politics of the Anthropocene
Challenges for Humanitarian Intervention: Ethical Demand and Political Reality
Ten new essays critique the practice armed humanitarian intervention, and the 'Responsibility to Protect' doctrine that advocates its use under certain circumstances. The contributors investigate the causes and consequences, as well as the uses and abuses, of armed humanitarian intervention. One enduring concern is that such interventions are liable to be employed as a foreign policy instrument by powerful states pursuing geo-political interests. Some of the chapters interrogate how the presence of ulterior motives impact on the moral credentials of armed humanitarian intervention. Others shine a light on the potential adverse effects of such interventions, even where they are motivated primarily by humanitarian concern. The volume also tracks the evolution of the R2P norm, and draws attention to how it has evolved, for better or for worse, since UN member states unanimously accepted it over a decade ago. In some respects the norm has been distorted to yield prescriptions, and to impose constraints, fundamentally at odds with the spirit of the R2P idea. This gives us all the more reason to be cautious of unwarranted optimism about humanitarian intervention and the Responsibility to Protect.
Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy
Deliberative democracy has been one of the main games in contemporary political theory for two decades, growing enormously in size and importance in political science and many other disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy takes stock of deliberative democracy as a research field, in philosophy, in various research programmes in the social sciences and law, and in political practice around the globe. It provides a concise history of deliberative ideals in political thought and discusses their philosophical origins.
The Handbook locates deliberation in political systems with different spaces, publics, and venues, including parliaments, courts, governance networks, protests, mini-publics, old and new media, and everyday talk. It engages with practical applications, mapping deliberation as a reform movement and as a device for conflict resolution, documenting the practice and study of deliberative democracy around the world and in global governance.
The Ethics of Multiple Citizenship
'This is an original, well-informed, sharply written, stimulating normative appraisal of a growing phenomenon that certainly merits this attention. Its argument goes against the assumption that the trend toward multiple citizenship is fundamentally unproblematic. I am confident the book will impact the views of many scholars, whilst spurring others to productive, critical engagements.' Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Social Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Respecting Toleration: Traditional Liberalism and Contemporary Diversity
Respecting Toleration is both thoughtful and provocative. It claims that liberal toleration well understood is capacious enough to accommodate a wide range of value- and identity-based differences. It invites scholars like myself to restrain from conferring too much normative weight to culture and conscience but calls in the same breath for more tolerant public norms and institutions. Those who disagree with Balint's claims but who understand the importance of engaging with the best counterarguments will definitely want to read his book." - Jocelyn Maclure, Chaire La philosophie dans le monde actuel, Laval University
Global Insecurity: Futures of Chaos and Governance
‘Daily we are assaulted by evidence of chaos and disorder threatening to tear apart the very centre of institutionalised global governance, from geopolitical tensions and population displacements to ecological crises and humanitarian atrocities. With existing norms, ethics, state practices and organisational arrangements no longer fit for purpose in addressing increasingly globalised insecurity, there is a compelling need for the creative thinking and innovative solutions offered in this powerful collection of original essays.’ (Ramesh Thakur, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Australian National University)
Purchase at: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781349951444
Ethical Security Studies: A New Research Agenda
‘Ethical Security Studies develops an ambitious and multi-faceted discussion of the heterogeneous intersections between discursive formations of security and ethics. The contributions challenge us to take seriously a range of perspectives, from anti-security and posthuman security to emancipatory security or security cosmopolitanism. The book will reinvigorate debates about the analytical and political concepts deployed in critical security studies.’ -- Claudia Aradau, King’s College London, UK
Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk
‘Baker's work presents a real challenge…. It's an important challenge for the rest of us, too…’ – Notre Dame Philosophical Review
Tragedy and International Relations
New paperback edition published in 2016
The 2012 edition was the winner of the CHOICE Award for Outstanding Academic Titles in 2014
‘This is scholarship done the "old" way: a polite but nonetheless raucous debate, begun in a cafe, that subsequently gains a life of its own as it spreads and catches the interest of many fine thinkers and erudite writers. The goal of this short but deep volume, to discuss how and in what ways the classical conceptions of tragedy over the millennia of philosophical musings might still be relevant and enrich readers' understanding of international relations today, is fascinating exactly because it is so almost absurdly bold: one is hard-pressed to find a similar work with a similarly humble yet grand objective. In the end it is not so much about whether or not the contributors pull off the ultimate conclusion (after all, is it really possible in the present-day academic world to ever grant a person or a group success In answering what is at its most fundamental essence a deeply profound and highly esoteric question?), but rather it is a treat to enjoy this for the intellectual journey on which it takes the reader. It is a deeply serious work worthy of high-level reflection. Summing Up: Highly recommended.’ - CHOICE Review, M. D. Crosston, Bellevue University, USA. Purchase at: http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9780230237520
International Relations Theory Today (2nd Ed)
‘The first edition of this book in 1995 defined IR theory for many students and scholars. This second edition will surely do the same. Booth and Erskine have creatively presented the “argumentative discipline”, and their contributors demonstrate the multiple ways in which we can utilize IR theory.’- Anthony Lang, University of St Andrews
Conspiracy Theory and American foreign policy
Conspiracy theory and American foreign policy examines the relationship between secrecy, power and interpretation around international political controversy, where foreign policy orthodoxy comes up hard against alternative interpretations. It does so in the context of American foreign policy during the War on Terror, a conflict that was quintessentially covert and conspiratorial. This book adds a new dimension to the debate by examining the 'Arab-Muslim paranoia narrative': the view that Arab-Muslim resentment towards America is motivated to some degree by a paranoid perception of American power in the Middle East. This narrative subsequently made its way into numerous US Government policy documents and initiatives advancing a War of Ideas strategy aimed at winning the 'hearts and minds' of Arab-Muslims.) Purchase at:http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/9780719099199/
Ethics and Global Security: A cosmopolitan approach
‘Ethics and Global Security is a thoughtful, honest and timely book. It offers refreshingly optimistic thinking on security at a time when critical security studies seem unable to move beyond the impasse of securitization and desecuritization.’ - Fiona Robinson, E-International Relations, 2016