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Legitimacy in International Society

Ian Clark


The word ‘legitimacy’ is seldom far from the lips of practitioners of international affairs. The legitimacy of recent events — such as the wars in Kosovo and Iraq, the post-September 11 war on terror, and instances of humanitarian intervention — have been endlessly debated around the globe. And yet the academic discipline of IR has largely neglected this concept. This book asks that legitimacy be taken seriously, both as a facet of international behaviour with practical consequences, and as a theoretical concept necessary for understanding that behaviour. It offers an historical and theoretica ... More

Keywords: legitimacy, war on terror, IR, international society, morality, normative principles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199219193
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219193.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Clark, author
Professor of International Politics, University of Wales Aberystwyth
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