Defence-Strategic Culture

Between power and rules

Authored by: Julian Lindley-French

Routledge Handbook Of Defence Studies

Print publication date:  February  2018
Online publication date:  February  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138122505
eBook ISBN: 9781315650463
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315650463-13

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Abstract

State power comes in many forms. Since the end of the Cold War the tendency of the Western liberal democracies to see ‘power’ in terms of institutions, rules and a normative view of international relations has accelerated. Indeed, now almost a century old, the idea of power as the restraint of power via institutions and regimes, allied to the multiplication and identification of power and influence with legitimacy, was a justifiable response to the catastrophic use of society-busting military power in pursuit of extreme state interests during both the First and Second World Wars.

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