Horizontal and vertical multilateralism and the liberal peace

Oliver Richmond

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This chapter takes as its starting point the debate about the qualities and dynamics of the liberal peace in the context of multilateral relations between IOs, states, NGOs and other non-state actors. The “problem of peace” in most regions of the world has been dealt with by strategies of both elite-level multilateralism and the promotion of vibrant civil societies, in the context of democratization, human rights, the rule of law, and development. These dimensions of the contemporary project to construct the liberal peace encompass the activities of a broad range of state, official, agency, IO, regional organizations (RO), and NGO actors, which take as their starting point an assumed conceptualization of the “liberal peace”, present in most academic and policy documentation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultilateralism and Security Institutions in an Era of Globalization
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781134059546
ISBN (Print)0415449456, 9780415449458
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2007

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© 2008 Selection and editorial matter, Dimitris Bourantonis, Kostas Ifantis and Panayotis Tsakonas; individual chapters, the contributors. All rights reserved.


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