Stephan Haggard

Senior Core Fellow
Period of Stay: 
January 2021 - June 2021
Political Science
University of California San Diego, the USA
Project Title: 
International Liberalism and Its Discontents
Project Abstract: 

While in residence at the Institute, I will be working on a book that outlines the contours of the intellectual tradition I call “international liberalism.” The book divides the task into two halves. The first considers the empirical evidence with respect to three core pillars of international liberal claims: the democratic peace; the commercial liberalism or the commercial peace; and the role of international institutions. The second half of the book takes up a set of cognate normative claims: about the cosmopolitan worldview and human rights claims; about distributive justice and the role that economic openness plays in it; and in the role of reasoned discourse in mitigating conflict. The purpose in both halves is to outline the empirical and normative arguments respectively, and to highlight how they are under challenge not only from developments in the world, but from alternative worldviews resting on very different empirical and normative foundations.