Introduction: The Rules of the Game

  • Janne Haaland Matlary


As indicated by Ralph’s insight in the above quotation from Lord of the Flies, rules matter — and they matter very much indeed. The rules concerning the use of military force in international politics, as defined in the UN Charter, are perhaps the most important rules we have. And here the most pivotal rule is the prohibition against using military force as a tool of normal statecraft.


Security Policy Liberal Democracy Military Force Constitutive Rule Military Intervention 
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    Shane Mulligan, ‘Questioning the Question of Legitimacy in IR: A reply to Jens Steffek’, European Journal of International Relations, 10, no. 3, September 2004, p. 475.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Janne Haaland Matlary 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janne Haaland Matlary
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  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

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