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Civil Association Across Borders: Law, Morality and Responsibility in the Post-Brexit Era
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section, Sektionen för säkerhetspolitik och strategi.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8900-9148
2018 (English)In: Journal of International Political Theory, ISSN 1755-0882, E-ISSN 1755-1722, Vol. 14, no 3, p. 299-313Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Michael Oakeshott’s distinction between ‘civil association’ and ‘enterprise association’ has inspired international society theorists to conceive of international society as not just a ‘purposive association’ constructed by states to satisfy their interests but also as a ‘practical association’ providing formal and pragmatic rules that are not instrumental to particular goals of state policy. While this article is supportive of the Oakeshottian turn in international society theory, it suggests that somewhat different conclusions can be drawn from it. The article sketches out an alternative conception of international ‘civil association’, one that transcends the boundaries of communities. It is argued that such a notion of civil association is both possible and at the same time anchored in the experiences of the modern state. It is suggested that this notion of international civil association, when sustained by an adequate legal conception, promotes the enforcement of moral and political responsibility across borders. Finally, it is argued that European governments post-Brexit should strive to retain, as much as possible, the element of civil association present in European relations in order to preserve the civil condition, the rule of law, and in order to enhance political responsibility across borders.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 14, no 3, p. 299-313
Keywords [en]
Brexit, civil association, international ethics, international relations theory, international society, Michael Oakshott, normative international theory
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Law (excluding Law and Society)
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8171DOI: 10.1177/1755088217752376ISI: 000444425400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8171DiVA, id: diva2:1249335
Available from: 2018-09-19 Created: 2018-09-19 Last updated: 2019-01-21Bibliographically approved

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