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Kiely, Ray (2004) 'What difference does difference make?: Reflections on neo-conservatism as a liberal cosmopolitan project.' Contemporary Politics, 10 (3/4). pp. 185-202.

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Abstract

This article examines cosmopolitanism with specific reference to the 'realist turn' in United States foreign policy since 2001. In examining the evasions of cosmopolitanism, the article suggests that neo-conservatism in the US is not necessarily completely incompatible with some interpretations of liberal internationalism and cosmopolitanism, which in turn are linked to the idea of a benevolent US hegemony. Indeed, the Bush-Blair alliance should be seen in this light. Even on its own terms however, this is a project that is bound to fail, as it ignores the inequalities and hierarchies of the international order, which have intensified in the neo-liberal era, and the historical and sociological reasons for 'state failure'. If cosmopolitanism is to have a future, then it must evade the quick fix solutions proposed by advocates of 'liberal military intervention'. If it fails to do so, then it will remain complicit with an 'imperialist', US-led neo-liberal international order.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > Department of Development Studies
ISSN: 13569775
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1080/1356977042000316673
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2007 13:32
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/2151

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