Institutionalizing the just war

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This book challenges traditional and contemporary just war theorizing, by taking seriously the role of social practices and institutions in decisions to go to war. It argues that which substantive moral principles regarding the initiation of war are valid can depend upon the institutional processes within which the decisions are made. Traditional and mainstream contemporary just war theorists proceed as if institutions don’t exist or as if existing institutional resources for influencing decision-making are so negligible that they may be disregarded. They fail to consider the possibility that institutional innovations could improve recourse to war decisions and that the fact that this is so has important implications for the morality of war-making. The first six chapters of the book lay out the case for institutionalizing the just war-for rethinking just war theory with due regard for the fact that institutional realities and possibilities shape the morality of war. The last two chapters advance concrete, feasible proposals for much-needed institutional innovation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages324
ISBN (Electronic)9780190878436
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Contemporary just war theory
  • Humanitarian intervention
  • Institutional innovation
  • Institutions
  • Just war
  • Precommitment for intervention
  • Preventive war
  • Preventive war
  • Traditional just war theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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