International political economy and the question of ethics
Brassett, James and Holmes, Christopher. (2010) International political economy and the question of ethics. Review of International Political Economy, Vol.17 (No.3). pp. 425-453. ISSN 0969-2290Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09692290903507201
The article provides a critical analysis of how IPE might engage with the question of ethics. After reviewing existing calls to bring ethics and ethical considerations within the mainstream of the discipline several questions are made. Drawing from critical and post-structural thought, it is argued that existing accounts of ethics privilege a problematic separation between ethics and power. Power is depicted as obligation - as power over -while ethics is depicted as an ameliorative other to power. We draw out several limits in this separation - including the reification of market subjectivities of contract, individualism, and a problematic global scale - arguing that ethics should be seen as a constitutive discourse like any other. Power is re-phrased as productive, as the power to. We conclude by articulating a pragmatist research agenda that seeks to foster the kernel 'possibility' in discourses of ethics while retaining sensitivity to the potential constitutive 'violence' of ethics. Given this dilemma, we argue that ongoing practices of 'resistance' - in both practical and scholarly senses - should be a central problematic for engaging with the (political) question of ethics in IPE.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Alternative Title:||IPE and the question of ethics|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Review of International Political Economy|
|Official Date:||17 August 2010|
|Number of Pages:||29|
|Page Range:||pp. 425-453|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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