Legitimacy and Consensus

Ian Clark

in Legitimacy in International Society

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

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This chapter explores the issue of consensus, and what this means for contemporary society. Topics discussed include the nature of consensus, the kind of consensus important in international society, the 1991 Gulf War, Kosovo in 1999, and the 2003 Iraq War. It is argued that consensus is clearly important for legitimacy, but its decisiveness depends on whether consensus is valuable in its own right, or, more fundamentally, because it is thought to indicate a correspondence with the other norms of international society.

Keywords: international society; international legitimacy; diplomacy; Gulf War; Kosovo; Iraq War

Chapter.  8106 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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