The reactionary internationale : the rise of the New Right and the reconstruction of international society
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New Right actors are vocally seeking to change key international relations practices and institutions. We enquire how their philosophy of the international, which we call Reactionary Internationalism, is being socialised by a diverse group of international actors, including national governments and non-governmental actors. Engaging with English School conceptualisations of international society and deploying discursive analysis of diplomatic positions, we examine the diplomacy of New Right actors on issues of rights, the limits of sovereign power, and climate change. Through this empirical analysis it is demonstrated that opportunistic alliances between New Right politicians in democratic states, and authoritarian states such as China, are solidifying into an international compact that advocates radical normative change in international relations. This programme is centred on a new constitutive principle (birth-cultural sovereignty) and two new institutions (exclusive spheres of competence and transactionalism), that establish the terms of reference for a reactionary international society.
Michelsen , N , de Orellana , P & Costa Buranelli , F 2023 , ' The reactionary internationale : the rise of the New Right and the reconstruction of international society ' , International Relations , vol. Online First . https://doi.org/10.1177/00471178231186392
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