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Order and Justice in International Relations$
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Rosemary Foot, John Gaddis, and Andrew Hurrell

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199251209

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199251207.001.0001

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Order and Justice Beyond the Nation‐State: Europe's Competing Paradigms

Order and Justice Beyond the Nation‐State: Europe's Competing Paradigms

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(p.125) 5 Order and Justice Beyond the Nation‐State: Europe's Competing Paradigms
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Order and Justice in International Relations
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Kalypso Nicolaidis

Justine Lacroix

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199251207.003.0006

The authors focus on the European Union both as a regional organization with distinctive norms and practices, and as a grouping of states that reflect specific individual traditions and views. The chapter describes two core paradigms: the national and the post‐national. The national paradigm is recognizably realist and state‐centric in approach. It suggests that the focus of external behaviour should be the promotion of order via traditional power‐political means and for traditional state‐based normative ends. The post‐national paradigm, however, reflects a more cosmopolitan understanding of global society in which Europe's institutional and substantive understanding of justice questions can be reflected in its policies beyond EU borders. These propositions are tested in three issue areas. The authors conclude that while the EU may have the capacity to shape an order/justice agenda beyond its borders, its members have not yet agreed what that agenda should be.

Keywords:   cosmopolitanism, Europe, European Union, global society, international justice, international order, national paradigm, post‐national paradigm, regional organizations, state‐centrism

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