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R2P from below: Does the British public view humanitarian interventions as ethical and effective?

Davies, GAM and Johns, R (2016) 'R2P from below: Does the British public view humanitarian interventions as ethical and effective?' International Politics, 53 (1). pp. 118-137. ISSN 1384-5748

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One of the major barriers to the implementation of the Responsibility to Protect principle is the lack of a political will. Public attitudes towards intervention will have a crucial impact on elite willingness to prevent mass atrocities, yet we have little understanding of the factors that influence those attitudes. This article provides the first examination of UK public perceptions about the moral justifiability and effectiveness of humanitarian interventions. The article shows that decisions about justifiability and effectiveness are very different. Attitudes towards justification were more easily explained suggesting that judgements about effectiveness are more contextual and less easily accounted for by individuals? background characteristics and attitudes. Experiences with both Iraq and Afghanistan have contaminated public perceptions of both the ethics and effectiveness of humanitarian interventions. Although the public is broadly supportive about the justifiability of humanitarian interventions they are extremely sceptical about the likelihood that those interventions will be successful.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: public opinion; attitudes; United Kingdom; humanitarian intervention; ethics; effectiveness
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 16:10
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:21

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