- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: December 2016
- Print publication year: 2016
- Online ISBN: 9781316799956
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316799956
Nearly all of those who want to make the world a better place are engaged in paternalism. This book asks how power is intertwined with practices of global compassion. It argues that the concept of paternalism illuminates how care and control are involved in the everyday practices of humanitarianism, human rights, development and other projects designed to improve the lives of others. The authors explore whether and how the paternalism of the nineteenth century differs from the paternalism of today, and offer a provocative look at the power in global ethics, raising the question of whether, when, and how paternalism can be justified.
William Easterly - New York University
Jack Snyder - Columbia University
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