Legitimacy and Rightful Membership

Ian Clark

in Legitimacy in International Society

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

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This chapter revisits the recurrent matter of rightful membership as it now manifests itself in contemporary conditions. It argues that recent tendencies in international society's development of that aspect of international legitimacy that deals with rightful membership point towards two starkly different conclusions. On the one hand, they invite the judgement that more so than at any earlier historical period, the two dimensions of legitimacy — the domestic and the international — have been brought into intimate relationship with each other. On the other hand, such a conception has brought to the fore the tension between international society's own commitment to a certain form of state, as appropriate for membership, and the seemingly divergent basis of its own pragmatic and pluralistic activities.

Keywords: Cold War; international society; international legitimacy; international relations

Chapter.  8446 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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