Democratic Accountability and the Use of Force in International Law / Edition 1

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This book explores the experiences of nine countries (Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Norway, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) in the deployment of armed forces under the UN and NATO, asking who has been and should be accountable to the citizens of these nations, and to the citizens of states who are the object of deployments, for the decisions made in such military actions. The authors conclude that national-level mechanisms have been most important in ensuring democratic accountability of national and international decision-makers.
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"This book shows the authors' astute understanding of contemporary issues of law, democracy and international order, and is essential for any complete library on this topic." John Allison, ACUNS

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"the book successfully delivers on the more earthbound objective of addressing the 'failure [in the literature] to examine issues of democratic accountability when military forces are used under the auspices of international institutions' (p. 4). The book fills this scholarly gap admirably. The editors provide a concise, if conceptually limited, treatment of the subjects 'democracy' and the 'use of force.' The book also includes an invaluable mine of data. Most impressively, Democratic Accountability contains an unparalleled comparative survey of the use-of-force regimes operating in nine countires. These surveys are the books significant merits." - Russell A. Miller, University of Idaho College of Law The American Journal of International Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521002073
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Notes on contributors
List of abbreviations
1 Broaching the issues 3
2 The interface of national constitutional systems with international law and institutions on using military forces: changing trends in executive and legislative powers 39
3 Domestic political factors and decisions to use military forces 61
4 Collective security, peacekeeping, and ad hoc multilaterialism 81
5 The legal responsibility of military personnel 104
6 Canada: committed contributor of ideas and forces, but with growing doubts and problems 127
7 Norway: political consensus and the problem of accountability 154
8 India: democratic, poor, internationalist 176
9 Japan: moderate commitment within legal strictures 207
10 Germany: ensuring political legitimacy for the use of military forces by requiring constitutional accountability 231
11 Russian Federation: the pendulum of powers and accountability 257
12 France: Security Council legitimacy and executive primacy 280
13 The United Kingdom: increasing commitment requires greater parliamentary involvement 300
14 The United States: democracy, hegemony, and accountability 323
15 Toward a mixed system of democratic accountability 349
App. A Uses of military forces under the auspices of the UN and NATO 384
App. B Country participation in international operations, 1945-2000 399
References 415
Index 430
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