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International Relations and Responsibility in an Increasingly Unequal World

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Martha Nussbaum has provided a major service to the study and practice of international relations (IR) by articulating the moral claims made on states and international organizations by the fact of human capabilities. In return, something of what has been learned by scholars of IR can contribute to her project by considering the ways in which concrete international institutions (such as UNDP) have struggled with their international responsibilities, highlighting the role of egalitarian social movements in the establishment and reform of global level intergovernmental organizations, and searching for ways to embody Nussbaum's ‘Principles for Global Structure’ in the current agenda for reform of the United Nations' system.

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