Collective security under the League of Nations.
- Collective security.
- A liberal alternative to balance of power, based on the rule of law
& international institutions.
- Embodies the (liberal) belief that "force can be tamed by law,
just as it is at the domestic level". I.e., anarchy in
international politics doesn’t impose any more constraints than we
encounter at home.
- Distinct from the balance of power.
- BoPÞ strongest state; CSÞ
- BoPÞ alliances in advance of aggression;
CSÞ alliances only after aggression
- BoPÞ those threatened by most powerful
state should balance; CSÞ all members
of the system are mandated to act vs. the aggressor.
Submit disputes to arbitration.
Outlaws war begun outside of League rules, as subject itself to
punishment by all League members. Kellogg-Briand pact in 1928 outlaws
war in general.
An Honor Code!!!
But no enforcement: each state decided for itself whether to
¶ Would you comply with the Honor Code
under these circumstances? ¶
from the Lecture notes by Eric
Reinhardt: Lecture 7 of the Emory University, Atlanta, course: Political Science
110: Introduction to International Politics