TOP TEN 2009: The Most Downloaded "Ethics & International Affairs" Articles

May 11, 2010

Wiley-Blackwell -- Ethics & International Affairs

Wiley-Blackwell has just issued its 2009 report on the Council's quarterly journal, Ethics & International Affairs.

The number of EIA articles downloaded from the Wiley-Blackwell site in 2009 was nearly 61,000, up from approximately 36,000 just two years ago.

In one year, the number of institutions accessing the journal rose from 1,671 to 2,405—a growth of approximately 50 percent. Global in orientation, the journal is now accessed in virtually every part of the world, including 435 libraries in developing countries.

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The following is a list of the top ten downloaded EIA articles on the Wiley-Blackwell site in 2009.

(This does not include the downloads from the Carnegie Council site.)

1. Treaty Norms and Climate Change Mitigation
Darrel Moellendorf
UNFCCC norms tightly constrain the range of acceptable agreements for the distribution of burdens to mitigate climate change, restricting us to two viable guiding principles: the equitable distribution of responsibilities and the right to development. Both principles place much heavier mitigation burdens on industrialized countries.  (Vol 23.3, Fall 2009)

2. Responsibility to Protect or Trojan Horse? The Crisis in Darfur and Humanitarian Intervention after Iraq
Alex J. Bellamy
What does the world's engagement with the unfolding crisis in Darfur tell us about the impact of the Iraq war on the norm of humanitarian intervention? Is a global consensus about a "responsibility to protect" more or less likely? There are at least three potential answers to these questions. (Vol. 19.2, Summer 2005)

3, Humanitarian Intervention: An Overview of the Ethical Issues
Michael J. Smith
This essay analyzes the arguments justifying or opposing the notion of humanitarian intervention from realist and liberal perspectives and considers the difficulties of undertaking such interventions effectively and consistently. (Volume 12, 1998)

4. Whither the Responsibility to Protect? Humanitarian Intervention and the 2005 World Summit
Alex J. Bellamy
This article examines how consensus was reached on the "responsibility to protect," given continuing hostility to humanitarian intervention expressed by many (if not most) of the world's states and whether the consensus will contribute to avoiding future Kosovos and Rwandas. (Vol. 20.2, Summer 2006)

5. The Legitimacy of Global Governance Institutions
Allen Buchanan, Robert O. Keohane
The authors articulate a global public standard for the normative legitimacy of global governance institutions. This standard can provide the basis for principled criticism of global governance institutions and guide reform efforts in circumstances in which people disagree about the demands of global justice and the role that global governance institutions should play in meeting them. (Vol. 20.4, Winter 2006)

6. The Moral Basis of Humanitarian Intervention
Terry Nardin
Nardin examines the moral principles underlying the idea of humanitarian intervention from the perspective of international law and from that of the natural law tradition.

7. World Poverty and Human Rights
Thomas Pogge
Despite a high and growing global average income, billions of human beings are still condemned to lifelong severe poverty, with all its attendant evils of low life expectancy, social exclusion, ill health, illiteracy, dependency, and effective enslavement. This problem is solvable, in spite of its magnitude. (Vol. 19.1, Spring 2005)

8. Principles, Politics, and Humanitarian Action
Thomas G. Weiss
The tragedies of the past decade have led to an identity crisis among humanitarians. Respecting traditional principles of neutrality and impartiality and operating procedures based on consent has created as many problems as it has solved. (Vol. 13, 1999)

9. Humanitarian Intervention and the Distribution of Sovereignty in International Law
Patrick Macklem
Legal debates about humanitarian intervention tend to assume that its legitimacy is irrelevant to its legality, while political theorists often assume the inverse. This paper defends an alternative account, which sees the legality and legitimacy of humanitarian intervention as intertwined. (Vol. 22.4, Winter 2008)

10. Severe Poverty as a Violation of Negative Duties
Thomas Pogge
In this article, the last in a symposium on world poverty and human rights, Pogge replies to his critics Mathias Risse, Alan Patten, Rowan Cruft, Norbert Anwander, and Debra Satz. (Vol.19.1, Spring 2005)