Liberalism and World Politics

  title={Liberalism and World Politics},
  author={Michael William Doyle},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={1151 - 1169}
  • M. Doyle
  • Published 1 December 1986
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Building on a growing literature in international political science, I reexamine the traditional liberal claim that governments founded on a respect for individual liberty exercise “restraint” and “peaceful intentions” in their foreign policy. I look at three distinct theoretical traditions of liberalism, attributable to three theorists: Schumpeter, a democratic capitalist whose explanation of liberal pacifism we often invoke; Machiavelli, a classical republican whose glory is an imperialism we… 
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