Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Liberal Cosmopolitan IR: A Response to Burke et al.’s Planet Politics

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Chandler, David, Cudworth, E. and Hobden, S. 2017. Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Liberal Cosmopolitan IR: A Response to Burke et al.’s Planet Politics. Millennium: Journal of International Studies. 46 (2), pp. 190-208.
AuthorsChandler, David, Cudworth, E. and Hobden, S.
Abstract

This article is a collective response to Anthony Burke et al’s ‘Planet Politics’, published in this journal in 2016, and billed as a ‘Manifesto from the end of IR’. We dispute this claim on the basis that rather than breaking from the discipline, the Manifesto provides a problematic global governance agenda which is dangerously authoritarian and deeply depoliticising. We substantiate this analysis in the claim that Burke et al reproduce an already failed and discredited liberal cosmopolitan framework through the advocacy of managerialism rather than transformation; the top-down coercive approach of international law; and use of abstract modernist political categories. In the closing sections of the article, we discuss the possibility of different approaches, which, taking the Anthropocene as both an epistemological and ontological break with modernist assumptions, could take us beyond IR’s disciplinary confines.

JournalMillennium: Journal of International Studies
Journal citation46 (2), pp. 190-208
ISSN0305-8298
Year2017
PublisherSAGE
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/0305829817715247
Publication dates
Online22 Aug 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited04 Aug 2017
Accepted11 May 2017
Accepted11 May 2017
Copyright informationChandler, et. al., Anthropocene, Capitalocene and Liberal Cosmopolitan IR: A Response to Burke et al.’s Planet Politics’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, 46(2), pp. 190-208. © The Authors 2017. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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