Can Institutions Have Responsibilities?

Collective Moral Agency and International Relations

  • Toni Erskine

Part of the Global Issues Series book series (GLOISS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Making Sense of ‘Responsibility’ in International Relations — Key Questions and Concepts

  3. Identifying Moral Agents: States, Governments, and ‘International Society’

  4. Obstacles and Alternative Questions

  5. Hard Cases: Assigning Duties

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Rebecca DeWinter
      Pages 138-156
  6. Hard Cases: Apportioning Blame

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Anthony Lang Jr
      Pages 183-203
  7. Conclusions

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 238-241

About this book


Can institutions, in the sense of formal organizations, be considered vulnerable to moral burdens? The contributors to this book critically examine the idea of the 'collective' or 'institutional' moral agent in, inter alia , the guise of states, transnational corporations, the UN and international society. The viability of treating these entities as bearers of moral responsibilities is explored in the context of some of the most critical and debated issues and events in international relations, including the genocide in Rwanda, development aid, the Kosovo campaign and global justice.


global governance Governance International institutions international relations NATO United Nations

Editors and affiliations

  • Toni Erskine
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WalesAberystwythUK

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