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The Strange Death of the International Liberal Order

Using Eric Hobsbawm's notion of the "short 20th century", it is argued that international politics during the 20th century was not so much a struggle between different state forms. Rather, it was a product of the various responses to the underlying social conflicts stemming from the emergence of the working class and socialist movements, themselves a consequence of capitalist development. And on the same lines, it is suggested that the post-war liberal order can be identified in terms of a form of social constitutionalism that reflected these twin social settlements within advanced industrial countries as well as within the structures of the global multilateral system. The death of post-war liberalism can only be understood in terms of the collapse of the broader project of social democratisation that marked the "short 20th century".

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