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‘Cautious politics’: Morgenthau and Hume’s critiques of the balance of power

Molloy, Sean P (2013) ‘Cautious politics’: Morgenthau and Hume’s critiques of the balance of power. International Politics, 50 (6). pp. 768-783. ISSN 1384-5748. (doi:10.1057/ip.2013.37) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:72063)

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This article explores the important parallels between the critiques of the balance of power offered by David Hume and Hans J. Morgenthau. The article presents the authors as both proponents and critics of the balance of power, depending on cir- cumstance. For Hume, the balance of power is useful as a means of preventing universal monarchy, but is also liable to be used inappropriately as a justification for vindictive politics. Morgenthau, more influenced by Hume than is commonly recognised in Inter- national Relations theory, also subjects the balance of power to a thorough-going critique.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1057/ip.2013.37
Projects: The Indispensable Theory? The Theory and Practice of Realism from the Scottish Enlightenment to the Present
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: [UNSPECIFIED] Royal Society of Edinburgh
Depositing User: Sean Molloy
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2019 16:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:02 UTC
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