Gemeinschaft as the lynchpin of multilateralism: world order and the challenge of multipolarity

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dc.contributor.author Butler, Seán
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-27T09:22:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-27T09:22:40Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation Butler, S. (2018) 'Gemeinschaft as the lynchpin of multilateralism: world order and the challenge of multipolarity', Irish Studies in International Affairs, 29, pp. 17-34. doi: 10.3318/isia.2018.29.09 en
dc.identifier.volume 29 en
dc.identifier.startpage 17 en
dc.identifier.endpage 34 en
dc.identifier.issn 0332-1460
dc.identifier.issn 2009-0072
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7979
dc.identifier.doi 10.3318/isia.2018.29.09 en
dc.description.abstract This paper seeks to understand the impact of the ongoing shifts in global politics upon the operation of international law. Specifically, it examines how a re-configuration of global political power from a ‘unipolar’ system dominated by the US to a ‘multipolar’ system in which the US will need to share the apex of the international political power structure with rising states will affect the operation and evolution of the international legal system, with a particular focus upon how the present architecture of institutional multilateralism will interact with and guide these developments. It will be argued that the alterations that the rising states wish to make to the present international order – a rejection of universalist projects associated with US hegemony and a re-entrenchment of Westphalian sovereignty – will prove difficult to realise in the present institutional structure, due to the operational logic of multilateralism. Furthermore, the tension that will arise between this normative project and the structural obstacles it faces will threaten the world’s ability to tackle a series of collective action problems, the most problematic of which would be the maintenance of collective security. A multipolar world thus has the potential to be a much more unstable and chaotic world than any experienced since the end of World War II. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Royal Irish Academy en
dc.relation.uri https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3318/isia.2018.29.09
dc.rights © 2018, Royal Irish Academy. All rights reserved. en
dc.subject Global politics en
dc.subject International law en
dc.subject Unipolar en
dc.subject Multipolar en
dc.subject Institutional multilateralism en
dc.subject Collective security en
dc.subject Multilateralism en
dc.subject Gemeinschaft en
dc.title Gemeinschaft as the lynchpin of multilateralism: world order and the challenge of multipolarity en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Sean Butler, Law, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: sean.butler@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2019-05-27T09:11:54Z
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Studies in International Affairs en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress sean.butler@ucc.ie en


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