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Liberal Internationalism and the Decline of the State

The Thought of Richard Cobden, David Mitrany, and Kenichi Ohmae

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 1-10
  3. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 11-25
  4. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 27-52
  5. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 53-83
  6. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 85-113
  7. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 115-139
  8. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 141-169
  9. Per A. Hammarlund
    Pages 171-180
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-226

About this book


This book provides a critical analysis of the liberal ideas of the decline of the state through a historical comparison. It takes special note of the implications of state failure to control economic growth and market exigencies for international relations. The book is divided into three sections. The first analyzes Cobden, Mitrany, and Ohmae's empirical claims, the second looks at their normative judgements and the third looks at their predictive assertions. It concludes that the three primarily propose normative arguments for less state involvement in economic and international relations but conceal them in empirical and predictive assertions. The liberal idea of the decline of the state is more of an ideological statement in response to political, social, and economic trends than an objective observation of an empirically verifiable fact.


biography economic growth growth international relations nationalism state

About the authors

PER HAMMARLUND received his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

Bibliographic information


"This is a penetrating account of liberal views about the decline of the state, which is essential reading for contemporary students of globalization as well as for those interested in the development of the international system. The main theme - vigorously and clearly developed - is the way in which the state has adapted to changes in the international system and to changes in its economic and social environment. It is a lucid warning to those who conclude that globalization signifies its end."

- Paul Taylor, London School of Economics and Political Science