The protection of domestic populations by international institutions is both an anomaly and an enduring practice in international relations. It is an anomaly because in a system of sovereign states, the welfare of individuals and groups falls outside traditional definitions of state interest. Yet since the evolution of the nation-state system, collectivities of states have sought to protect religious minorities, dynastic families, national minorities, ethnic communities, individual citizens and refugees. Cronin explains this phenomenon by developing a theory that links international stability with the progress of a cohesive international order.
About the Author
Bruce Cronin is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of Community under Anarchy: Transnational Identity and the Evolution of Cooperation (1999), which was awarded the International Studies Association's 2000 Chadwick Alger Prize for the best book on international organization.