Legitimacy and the Dual Settlement of 1945

Ian Clark

in Legitimacy in International Society

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219193
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191717734 | DOI:
Legitimacy and the Dual Settlement of 1945

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This chapter discusses the application of legitimacy principles within the context of the dual settlement of 1945. The settlement was dual in the sense that it included a putatively universalistic component that, in practice, was to become confined initially to the West alone. It also included a separate component, not amongst the former enemies, but amongst the former Allies. The chapter explores the new elements of rightful membership, within the areas of human rights and what is often referred to as embedded liberalism. On the side of rightful conduct, the key areas for discussion are trends in then current thinking about consensus, and how it was to be attained.

Keywords: legitimacy; international relations; international settlements; rightful membership; human rights; embedded liberalism; consensus

Chapter.  10479 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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