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Solving the nuclear dilemma: Is a world state necessary?

Craig, Campbell ORCID: 2019. Solving the nuclear dilemma: Is a world state necessary? Journal of International Political Theory 15 (3) , pp. 349-366. 10.1177/1755088218795981

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The unique dangers raised by the possibility of nuclear warfare have long prompted intensive debates about what political action is needed to avoid it. While most scholars contend that it is possible to prevent a nuclear war without fundamental political change, others argue that a substantial solution to the problem demands the abolition of the existing interstate system. Two such ‘radical’ positions are the ‘Weberian’ school, which insists that an authoritative world state is necessary, and Daniel Deudney’s alternative, a liberal order based upon republican traditions of mutual restraint, internal power balancing and powerful arms control institutions. In this essay, I argue, using both historical and theoretical analysis, that the regime Deudney envisions would amount to the establishment of a Pax Americana. This would be rejected by illiberal nuclear powers and therefore fail to solve the nuclear problem.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 1755-0882
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 20 August 2018
Last Modified: 03 May 2023 04:31

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