chapter  3
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Good International Citizenship

The idea of Good International Citizenship is in many ways a remarkably simple one, although, as will hopefully be shown, it comes with some complicated baggage. Good International Citizenship proposes that states be regarded as citizens of the international community. The idea of states as citizens will thus establish certain expectations, akin to those we apply to individual citizens within a political community. States are the possessors of certain rights and owe commensurate duties within an established, regulated and codified framework which includes both formal international law and a more customary or informal framework of rules and principles of behaviour. The 'provision of national security, the strengthening of international order and the promotion of human rights' are mutually beneficial and underpin the idea of Good International Citizenship (Wheeler and Dunne 1998: 854). These rights and duties apply most strongly to those states which are predicated upon the idea of individual citizenship; that is, liberal democracies (Linklater 1992: 38).