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Thomas Hobbes and the world order since 9/11
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science .
2003 (English)In: Internasjonal Politikk, ISSN 0020-577X, Vol. 61, no 2, 163-+ p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Does international terrorism constitute such a threat that states will accept an international monopoly of violence or hegemony? This essay analyses the world political situation from the perspective of Thomas Hobbes's Leviathan. According to Hobbes, there are several reasons why an international monopoly of violence will not follow from similar processes as those that shape the political authority of the state. Accordingly, it is shown in this essay, that neither hegemony nor an international monopoly of violence will necessarily follow from the present situation, regardless of US domination. The extended interpretation of the right of self-defence seems to have led to an increased acceptance among states of unilateral political action. Judging from Hobbes, however, the right of self-defence cannot alone guarantee international stability.

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2003. Vol. 61, no 2, 163-+ p.
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48587OAI: diva2:269483
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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