Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations

Head, N. (2008) Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations. Politics, 28(3), pp. 150-159. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.00324.x)

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Developing the ‘applied turn’ in critical theory and Habermasian discourse ethics, this article explores whether a communicative ethics approach enables us to examine the justifications for and legitimacy of actions taken by states during NATO's intervention in Kosovo. By focusing on the deliberations which took place in the UN Security Council over Kosovo from March 1998 to June 1999 and the negotiations at Rambouillet in 1999, it will be shown that there are patterns of exclusion, coercion and illegitimacy which not only challenge the claims to legitimacy of the intervention and of the interveners, but indicate the critical power of a communicative framework.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Head, Dr Naomi
Authors: Head, N.
Subjects:J Political Science > JZ International relations
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Politics
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing
ISSN (Online):1467-9256
Published Online:05 September 2008

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