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The UK’s Special Responsibilities at the United Nations: Diplomatic Practice in Normative Context.

Ralph, J., Gifkins, J. and Jarvis, Samuel ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1987-9751 (2019) The UK’s Special Responsibilities at the United Nations: Diplomatic Practice in Normative Context. British Journal of Politics and International Relations.

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Abstract

In a 2017 speech to the United Nation, Theresa May referred to the UK’s ‘special responsibilities’. This article examines how the UK can properly discharge those responsibilities at the UN in ways that defend its claim to be a permanent member. We offer an innovative analytical framework that merges English School theory of international society with diplomatic practice theory, and find that there are limits to the claim that the UK compensates for its relative material decline through diplomatic activism. We identify the special responsibility of the permanent member in terms of a capacity to reconcile the ‘concert’ and ‘governance’ functions of the Council, and to contribute materially to the achievement of governance objectives in areas where consensus is possible. Drawing on extensive interview data, and illustrating with reference to current debates on peacekeeping, we find that the an ongoing UK capacity to ‘punch above its weight’ diplomatically is dependent on an increased material commitments and to a more inclusive approach in the Council.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an author produced version of a paper accepted for publication in British Journal of Politics and International Relations. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148119887317
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
School/Department: School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4073

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