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The Morals of Power Politics or Better in the West

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  • Hartmut Kliemt

    () (University of Duisburg, Essen)

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The taming of power, the establishment of individual rights and rule of law in domestic affairs are the greatest achievements of the West. But it is not clear whether the West can survive in the international Hobbesian power game if its public opinion conceives power generally as an evil to be controlled rather than as a good to be acquired. This paper discusses prospects for a "civil religion" in which the western citizens might coherently embed their ideals of internal restraint of discretionary power along with a support of potentially unrestrained power politics in external action.

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  • Hartmut Kliemt, 2004. "The Morals of Power Politics or Better in the West," Rivista di Politica Economica, SIPI Spa, vol. 94(4), pages 159-159, July-Augu.
  • Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:94:y:2004:i:4:p:159-
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    • K33 - Law and Economics - - Other Substantive Areas of Law - - - International Law
    • K40 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - General
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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