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The Riddle of All Constitutions: International Law, Democracy and the Critique of Ideology

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Susan MarksLecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

ISBN13: 9780198267980
ISBN: 0198267983
Published: March 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £61.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9780199264131



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The promotion of democracy is today a familiar feature of foreign policy and an accepted part of the activities of international organizations. Should international law join in this move to promote democratic political arrangements? If so, on what basis, and with which of the many competing conceptions of democracy? Drawing on an eclectic range of source material, the author examines current debates about the emergence of an international legal 'norm of democratic governance', and considers how proposals for such a norm might be rearticulated to meet some of the concerns to which they give rise. She also uses these debates to illustrate some more general points about approaches to the study of international law. In doing so, she seeks to defend an approach to international legal scholarship that takes its cue from the tradition of ideology critique.

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Contents:
Introduction
1. Preface to a Critique of International Legal Ideology
2. International Law and the 'Liberal Revolution'
3. Limits of the Liberal Revolution I. Low Intensity Democracy
4. Limits of the Liberal Revolution II: Pan-National Democracy
5. International Law and the Project of Cosmopolitan Democracy
6. Afterword: Critical Knowledge