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The R2GTFO Doctrine

Introduction Modern international relations scholars typically trace the origins of what John Stuart Mill labelled the ‘doctrine of non-intervention’[1] back to the founding of the modern nation-state system with the Peace of Westphalia in 1648.[2] The debate over the ethical … Continue reading

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Hegemony Unstuck? The United States as Unwitting Prime Mover on the Road to Multipolarity

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 saw a multi-theoretical popular consensus emerge within international relations scholarship regarding a new, unipolar international system, with the United States at its apex as the sole ‘hyperpower’[1]. Despite some early predictions that … Continue reading

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Turn Left: The Redistributive Road to ‘Social Cohesion’

Introduction Much of the history of modern political thought has been devoted to the seemingly dichotomous relationship between organicism, or holism, on the one hand, and individualism, or atomism, on the other (Bobbio [1988] 2005, p. 41). The related concept … Continue reading

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The Law of the Tendency of the Quantity of Regulation to Rise

Since the foundering of the Keynesian consensus in the mid-1970s, the subsequent ‘neoliberal turn’ has seen governments worldwide make repeated attempts to deregulate markets, seemingly with little success. Indeed, strictly quantitatively speaking, there is far greater regulation worldwide now than … Continue reading

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The Securitisation of Muslim Women in Australia

With the exception of a brief appearance during the Gulf War period[1], ‘the Muslim question’ had been largely absent from Australian political discourse prior to 2001. Since that time, though, concerns about Muslims and Islam have, in one form or … Continue reading

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Small and white, clean and … maybe not so bright?

This post calls into question the inclusive potential of deliberative democracy, with particular emphasis on the influential model of deliberation laid out by Jürgen Habermas in Between Facts and Norms: Contributions to a Discourse Theory of Law and Democracy.[1] I … Continue reading

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‘The Donald’ keeps banging on about how terrible NAFTA is. Might he be right? (SPOILER: Yep, it’s a turd.)

Signed in December 1992, the stated objectives of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Canada and Mexico were, namely, to: eliminate barriers to trade in, and facilitate the cross-border movement of, goods and services between … Continue reading

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