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An Alternative Theoretical Approach for Understanding the Relationship between International Law and State Behaviour During International Crises: International Law as Ideology

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Existing theoretical accounts of the relationship between international law and international politics have used an understanding of law derived from within the system of international law. It is therefore inevitable that existing theoretical paradigms, which have assumed a legal understanding of law have not explained the political significance of the rule-book image of international law and the relationship of law to international politics. Thus an alternative theoretical foundation is needed to understand the relationship of international law to State behaviour. The gap in knowledge left by the inadequacies of approaches unable to account for the significance of the rule-book image of international law can be filled by an International Law as Ideology (ILI) perspective. This perspective theorizes the relationship of international law to international politics in terms of ideology, and has the potential to be empirically applied to understand the relationship between international law and State behaviour during international crises.

Keywords:international crises; international law; International Law as Ideology (ILI) approach; international politics; State behaviour

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