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International Legitimacy and World Society

Ian Clark


The conventional view of international society has it that it is interested only in co-existence and order amongst states. This creates a puzzle. When the historical record is examined, we discover that international society has repeatedly signed up to normative principles that go well beyond this purpose. When it has done so, it has built new normative constraints into international legitimacy, and this is most conspicuously so when it has espoused broadly humanitarian principles. This suggests that the norms adopted by international society might have been encouraged from the distinct consti ... More

Keywords: English school, civil society, constructivism, human rights, INGOs, legitimacy, norms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297009
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297009.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

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