Special Responsibilities: Global Problems and American Power

M Bukovansky, I Clark, RW Eckersley, R Price, C Reus-Smit, N Wheeler

Cambridge University Press | Published : 2012


The language of special responsibilities is ubiquitous in world politics, with policy-makers and commentators alike speaking and acting as though particular states have, or ought to have, unique obligations in managing global problems. Surprisingly, scholars are yet to provide any in-depth analysis of this fascinating aspect of world politics. This path-breaking study examines the nature of special responsibilities, the complex politics that surround them and how they condition international social power. The argument is illustrated with detailed case studies of nuclear proliferation, climate change and global i nance. All three problems have been addressed by an allocation of special respon..

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