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The post-cold battle years have witnessed an exceptional involvement by means of the United international locations within the family affairs of states, to finish conflicts and rebuild political and administrative associations. overseas administrations demonstrated by means of the UN or Western states have exercised huge govt, legislative, and judicial authority over post-conflict territories to facilitate establishment development and supply for meantime governance. This ebook is a learn of the normative framework underlying the overseas community's statebuilding efforts. via distinct case experiences of policymaking by means of the foreign administrations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and East Timor, in keeping with large interviews and paintings within the administrations, the ebook examines the character of this normative framework, and highlights how norms form the institutional offerings of statebuilders, the connection among overseas and native actors, and the go out suggestions of foreign administrations. The publication argues specific belief of sovereignty as accountability has prompted the efforts of overseas administrations, and indicates that their statebuilding actions are expert through the concept that post-conflict territories have to meet definite normative assessments ahead of they're thought of valid the world over. The restructuring of political and administrative practices to assist post-conflict territories to fulfill those exams creates a sovereignty paradox: overseas administrations compromise one section of sovereignty--the correct to self-government--in order to enforce household reforms to legitimize the authority of neighborhood political associations, and hence boost their sovereignty. within the mild of the governance and improvement checklist of the 3 overseas administrations, the ebook assesses the guarantees and the pathologies of statebuilding, and develops techniques to enhance their functionality.

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Hierarchy, Equality and US Predominance in International Law’, in Michael Byers and Georg Nolte (eds), United States Hegemony and the Foundations of International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 142. 64. Simma, ‘Bilateralism and Community Interest’, 233. 65. Bull, ‘The Grotian Conception’, 68. See also Tesón, ‘The Kantian Theory of International Law’; Wheeler, Saving Strangers; David Armstrong, ‘Law, Justice and the Idea of World Society’, International Affairs, 75/3 (1999). 66.

14 An agent who is in authority has the right to do something, or to give someone else the permission to 30 Sovereignty in International Society do something, on the basis of the position he occupies. Thus, he can either exercise authority himself or delegate it. 16 Commands issued by an agent who is authoritative constitute a compelling reason to comply, but not an obligation, as in the case of commands issued by someone in authority. Unlike being in authority, authoritativeness applies in social realms beyond the political, such as the sciences, arts, and economics.

The role of ideas is central to constructivist approaches, which explore both the constitutive and the regulatory effects of ideas on behaviour. See, for example, Emanuel Adler, ‘Constructivism and International Relations’, in Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons (eds), Handbook of International Relations (London: Sage, 2002); James Fearon and Alexander Wendt, ‘Rationalism v. Constructivism: A Sceptical View’, in Walter Carlsnaes, Thomas Risse, and Beth Simmons (eds), Handbook of International Relations (London: Sage, 2002); Martha Finnemore, National Interests in International Society (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1996); Peter J.

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