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Pluralism, solidarism and the emergence of world society in English school theory.

Williams, J. (2005) 'Pluralism, solidarism and the emergence of world society in English school theory.', International relations., 19 (1). pp. 19-38.


This article argues that the debate between pluralism and solidarism in English School theory has been cast in such a way as to hand the progressive cause to solidarism, taking for granted that moves towards the emergence of world society further a solidarist normative agenda. This article suggests this is because of assumptions about the nature and location of such changes within English School theory. However, an alternative understanding of change, as emerging from tensions arising within the pluralist understanding of international society, has been overlooked. This enables a challenge to be raised to the assumption that world society must be solidarist, producing an initial defence of a potentially ethically desirable pluralist form of world society.

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Keywords:Change, Diversity, Globalisation, Territorial borders, Westphalian system.
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Last Modified:19 Mar 2013 13:09

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