The Iraq War and Democratic Politics

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"The Iraq War and Democratic Politics contains the work of leading scholars concerned with the political implications of the Iraq War and its relationship to and significance for democracy. the book shuns simplistic analysis to provide a nuanced and critical overview of this key moment in global politics." Drawing on specialists in the fields of political theory, international relations, international law and the politics of Iraq, this book is essential reading for all those concerned with the future of ...
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Overview

"The Iraq War and Democratic Politics contains the work of leading scholars concerned with the political implications of the Iraq War and its relationship to and significance for democracy. the book shuns simplistic analysis to provide a nuanced and critical overview of this key moment in global politics." Drawing on specialists in the fields of political theory, international relations, international law and the politics of Iraq, this book is essential reading for all those concerned with the future of democracy.
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'Without exception the articles are worth reading.'- Asian Affairs

'The editors and contributors have produced a useful starting point for an analysis of the key aspects of the most contentious issue of the twenty-first century.'

- Cambridge Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415351478
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/10/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Alex Danchev is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His research interests include international history, diplomacy, security, and, latterly, culture. Much of his previous work has been biographical. His biography of the philosopher-statesman Oliver Franks (1993) was one of the Observer's 'Books of the Year'. His biography of the military writer Basil Liddell Hart (1998) was listed for the Whitbread Prize for Biography and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction. His unexpurgated edition of the Alanbrooke Diaries (2001, with Daniel Todman) was listed for the W. H. Smith Biography Award.

John MacMillan is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Brunel University. Recent publications include Boundaries in Question: New Directions in International Relations (edited with Andrew Linklater), On Liberal Peace (1998), 'The Power of the Pen', Millennium (1998), and 'A Kantian Protest Against the Peculiar Discourse of Liberal Peace' (2001)

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the Iraq war and democratic politics 1
2 The global setting : US foreign policy and the future of the Middle East 20
3 Bush's war : the Iraq conflict and American democracy 35
4 The neo-cons : neo-conservative thinking since the onset of the Iraq war 47
5 The United Kingdom 59
6 The European dimension 77
7 Turkey : democratic legitimacy 96
8 'It seemed the best thing to be up and go' : on the legal case for invading Iraq 114
9 The transition to democracy in Iraq : historical legacies, resurgent identities and reactionary tendencies 134
10 The democratic transition in Iraq and the discovery of its limitations 160
11 Iraq, political reconstruction and liberal theory 181
12 Afghanistan and Iraq : failed states, or democracy on hold? 201
13 The Iraq body count project : civil society and the democratic deficit 219
14 Story development, or, Walter Mitty the undefeated 238
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