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Moral Issues in International Affairs : Problems of European Integration - Bill McSweeney

Moral Issues in International Affairs

Problems of European Integration

By: Bill McSweeney (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 13th May 1998
ISBN: 9780333698488
Number Of Pages: 265

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The place of morality in the conduct and analysis of international relations is coming under closer scrutiny in the literature. What was seen as a peripheral topic, even a source of distortion, two decades ago, is today being brought from the margins to the centre of theoretical inquiry. A number of eminent scholars in international affairs have come together in this volume to address this question of morality and to explore some of the central, normative issues which arise in the context of European integration. Events in the past seven years have affected the project of European integration in different ways. A hostile, public reaction to the Maastricht Treaty, and the pressure to expand the Union to the new democracies in Eastern Europe, have created a set of moral challenges for the EU in regard to further integration. Some of these challenges are reflected in the essays gathered together in this book. The first part addresses the general problem of moral choice and alternative structures arising from such choice in questions of peace, security, and international politics. In the second section, the concern with the ethical is focused broadly on the origins and character of European integration. Finally, some case-studies of areas of particular moral concern are presented, displaying the role of morality in constructing the existing European Union and in suggesting alternative paths to further integration.

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'This is an interesting and varied collection of essays.' - Eunan O'Halpin, Irish Political Studies

Notes on the Contributors Introduction: Comments on Morality and Peace Research in International Affairs PART ONE: MORALITY AND SECURITY: THEORETICAL ISSUES Morality and International Affairs: the Case for Robust Universalism; F.Halliday Morality and Global Security: the Normative Horizons of War; R.Falk PART TWO: NORMATIVE QUESTIONS IN EUROPEAN INTEGRATION Ideals and Idolatry in the European Context; J.Weiler Identity, Interests and Security: European Integration; B.McSweeney PART THREE: MORAL CHALLENGES IN NEGOTIATING AN EVER-CLOSER UNION The Compatibility of EU Membership with Neutrality; W.Carlsnaes The Indivisible Continent: Russia, NATO and European Security; M.MccGwire European Integration and the Arms Trade: Creating a New Moral Imperative; I.Davis Leading by Virtuous Example: European Policy for Overseas Development; D.Coombes Appendix: Speech Given by Vaclav Havel to the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 8 March 1994 Index

ISBN: 9780333698488
ISBN-10: 0333698487
Series: Problems of European Integration
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 265
Published: 13th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1