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 chapter presents some final thoughts. It discusses the reasons why legitimacy matters and maps out the history of the gradual shift in normative bases of legitimacy. It concludes that principles of legitimacy are integral to the concept of an international society; that the working through of these principles is part of the day-to-day practice of international society; and that because this is a realm of contested politics, there can be no direct appeal to superior international norms at this stage.

Keywords: legitimacy; international society; normative change; contested politics

Chapter.  6088 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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