Liberal Political Philosophy: The Role of Non-State Actors and Considerations of Global Justice

G.M. Gordon, R. Pierik

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Liberal theories of political philosophy inform the practice and tradition of non-state actors and non-governmental organizations (together, ‘non-governmental actors’). Aspirations for global justice or a democratic peace, among other things, arise out of liberal thought from John Locke and Immanuel Kant to Jürgen Habermas and John Rawls. Their work underscores an enduring role for private actors in the public sphere as a necessary element for progressive political development. This chapter analyses the role of non-governmental actors in liberal political philosophy from Kant to Rawls.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Non-State Actors
EditorsB. Reinalda
ISBN (Print)9780754679066
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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