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Hans Kelsen's Political Realism

Robert Schuett


What does it mean to be a foreign-policy realist? Why is it important to get Hans Kelsen right? How can open society ideals be reconciled with the tragedies of world politics? It is widely acknowledged that the rules-based international order is under assault by visions of illiberal democracy at home and powerful autocracies abroad. The Schmittians old and new are making a comeback, and neorealists in particular continue to pit realism against liberalism: where there is only power or nothing, all else is scorned as naïve, including Kelsen. The book challenges the neorealist myth of power polit ... More

Keywords: Hans Kelsen, International relations theory, Open society, Political realism, World politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474481687
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474481687.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Schuett, author
University of Salzburg