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A Liberal World Order in Crisis: Choosing between Imposition and Restraint

Georg Sorensen


The collapse of the bipolar international system near the end of the twentieth century changed political liberalism from a regional system with aspirations of universality to global ideological dominance as the basic vision of how international life should be organized. Yet in the last two decades liberal democracies have not been able to create an effective and legitimate liberal world order. This book suggests that this is connected to major tensions between two strains of liberalism: a “Liberalism of Imposition” affirms the universal validity of liberal values and is ready to use any means ... More

Keywords: liberalism, liberal democracies, Liberalism of Imposition, Liberalism of Restraint, world order, liberal optimism, balance of power, civilizational conflict, international terrorism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450228
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Georg Sorensen, author
Professor of Political Science, the University of Aarhus