• Janne Haaland Matlary


In this study, we have analysed the phenomena called ‘humanitarian’ and ‘democratic’ intervention, the latter is also called ‘regime change’ in American political discussions. The aim has been to find out whether there is a new type of interventionism that has come into being, based on a new type of legitimacy which changes the norm of non-intervention. In the introduction we presented the larger picture of the debate about the ‘rules of the game’. The critical issue was that of the constitutive rules of the international system itself: Will democratic legitimacy trump positivistic legal sovereignty? Will the ‘failed states’ cum terrorist agenda trump non-intervention?


Security Council Security Policy Military Force Constitutive Rule Security Agenda 
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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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