Political theory has long sought a philosophical basis for such ideas as law, authority, and freedom - but usually within the context of the nationstate. Only rarely has political theory placed the nation-state in an international framework; and, when it has tried, it has often done poorly. Sometimes the political theory becomes purely altruistic and utopian; at other times it works to support the irresponsibility of individual governments and the breakup of international order.
John H. Barton,
Two Ideas of International Organization,
Mich. L. Rev.
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