Garlanding empire with flowers: power, legality and morality in the new world order

Harrison, Paul R. (2003) Garlanding empire with flowers: power, legality and morality in the new world order. In Bradley, Rebecca, Lyddon, Jeff, & Buys, Laurie (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 21 November 2003, QUT, Brisbane.


The globalization debate of the nineties has given way recently to the concept and reality of empire. The ground for the shift was prepared by the increasing attention paid to military globalization as opposed to the neo-liberal paradise of a borderless world. Not only is the state back, but the state is back in its most military and most externally-oriented form in discussions of empire. Yet there are increasing difficulties in employing the seemingly obsolescent concept of empire. Must this concept undergo merely a series of cosmetic transformations given the underlying reality of state power and power politics or is a postmodern transformation of the concept either desirable or possible? In this paper the juridical transformation of the concept as envisaged by Hardt and Negri is analysed in the context of the interpretation of the NATO intervention in Kosovo as an event in the foundation of a new world order.

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ID Code: 133
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Globalization, Empire, Nato, Kosovo
ISBN: 0646431056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SPECIFIC FIELDS (220200) > History of Ideas (220209)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Paul R. Harrison
Deposited On: 10 Jun 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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