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The Poverty of Exceptionalism in International Theory
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8900-9148
2014 (English)In: Journal of International Political Theory, ISSN 1755-0882, Vol. 10, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article is about the politics of ‘the exception’ and the role of ‘exceptionalism’ in contemporary international theory. The concept of ‘the exception’ was coined by Carl Schmitt and has in recent years become an inspiration for international relations theorists and foreign policy analysts, especially when engaging with issues such as great power politics, humanitarian intervention and the war against terrorism. It is concluded that attempts to apply Schmitt’s concept of ‘the exception’ seldom are persuasive and sometimes even contradictory to Schmitt’s theory. When dealt with out of context, ‘the exception’ becomes just an expression about something else. It is shown that there are other ways of handling the kind of political problem observed by Schmitt than what he and his followers are offering.

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2014. Vol. 10, no 2
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Social Sciences
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-4334OAI: diva2:684610
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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