Ian Clark

in Legitimacy in International Society

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219193
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191717734 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the objectives of this book, which is to develop an understanding of legitimacy against the background of international relations. It is shown that international society is a political framework: its commitment is to a consensually mediated application of these norms, and that makes a qualitative difference to our understanding of it. Legitimacy draws substance from such norms, but is distinct from them. These norms operate as evaluative denominators for international acts and performances, understood as objects. In contrast, legitimacy refers to international society as the subject: it denotes the condition of international society, not the condition of its individual actors and actions.

Keywords: legitimacy; international relations; international society; evaluative denominators

Chapter.  4389 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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