Liberal Internationalism and the Populist Backlash

18 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2017

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Eric A. Posner

University of Chicago - Law School

Date Written: January 11, 2017

Abstract

A populist backlash around the world has targeted international law and legal institutions. Populists see international law as a device used by global elites to dominate policymaking and benefit themselves at the expense of the common people. This turn of events exposes the hollowness at the core of mainstream international law scholarship, for which the expansion of international law and the erosion of sovereignty have always been a forgone conclusion. But international law is dependent on public trust in technocratic rule-by-elites, which has been called into question by a series of international crises.

Suggested Citation

Posner, Eric A., Liberal Internationalism and the Populist Backlash (January 11, 2017). U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 606, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2898357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2898357

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