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Critical theory and its practices: Habermas, Kosovo and International Relations

By N. Head


Developing the ‘applied turn’ in critical theory and Habermasian discourse ethics, this article explores whether a communicative ethics approach enables us to examine the justifications for and legitimacy of actions taken by states during NATO's intervention in Kosovo. By focusing on the deliberations which took place in the UN Security Council over Kosovo from March 1998 to June 1999 and the negotiations at Rambouillet in 1999, it will be shown that there are patterns of exclusion, coercion and illegitimacy which not only challenge the claims to legitimacy of the intervention and of the interveners, but indicate the critical power of a communicative framework

Topics: JZ
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Year: 2008
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1467-9256.2008.00324.x
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