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Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law$
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Brad Roth

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243013.001.0001

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Governmental Illegitimacy and Political Participation

Governmental Illegitimacy and Political Participation

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(p.321) Chapter Eight Governmental Illegitimacy and Political Participation
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Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law
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Brad R. Roth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243013.003.0008

This chapter discusses the relationship between the right to political participation, U.N. election monitoring, and governmental legitimacy. It suggests that the right to political participation gives rise to special problems in the relationship between human rights and state sovereignty, for participatory processes are not just another area of human rights practice. One participates in politics not for the intrinsic benefits of the activity, but for the purpose of affecting the exercise of power in the society.

Keywords:   political participation, U.N. election monitoring, governmental legitimacy, human rights, sovereignty, politics, power

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