Conclusions and Ways Forward

  • Edwin van de Haar
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought Series book series (PMHIT)


It is safe to conclude that IR scholars have ignored classical liberalism and largely misinterpreted or overlooked the international thought of Hume, Smith, Mises, and Hayek. The result is an unbalanced and to an important extent ill-informed portrayal of liberalism in IR. The most important reasons for this omission and its implications for IR are the subject of this concluding chapter. Along the way answers to the research questions and themes set out in the introduction are provided. The chapter closes with some recommendations for future research.


Political Theory Individual Freedom World Society Spontaneous Order English School 
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© Edwin van de Haar 2009

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