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HR-50214-05
From Material to Moral Order: Ethical Justifications of Foreign Grants and Loans
Tomohisa Hattori, CUNY Research Foundation, Lehman College

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Is It Real? The Question of Juridical, Actual, and Causal Responsibility in Sovereign Debt Settlements (Book Section)
Title: Is It Real? The Question of Juridical, Actual, and Causal Responsibility in Sovereign Debt Settlements
Author: Tomohisa Hattori
Editor: Colin Wight
Editor: Jonathan Joseph
Abstract: This chapter examines the contradiction between the apparent assignment of responsibility and its reality in sovereign loans to states since the 1970s. It argues that the process of this assignment can be best described as the result of the gradual institutionalization of the juridical construction of knowledge. Because juridically constructed causes often preclude real social causes – which include, at a minimum, the agency of creditors and indebted states, institutional settings, and structural conditions – they are an inaccurate and inadequate basis for social scientific inquiry. The paper serves as what critical naturalists call an explanatory critique because it examines how the dominant normative discourse about a social practice (e.g., debt settlement practices) not only justifies the existing order and the power relations that surround a practice but also contradicts a scientific explanation for the practice that clarifies the causal mechanism.
Year: 2010
Publisher: Palgrave
Book Title: Scientific Realism and International Relations
ISBN: 978-0230240063


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