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Hegemony in International Society$
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Ian Clark

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199556267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556267.001.0001

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Legitimacy and the Institutional Forms of Hegemony

Legitimacy and the Institutional Forms of Hegemony

(p.51) 3 Legitimacy and the Institutional Forms of Hegemony
Hegemony in International Society

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Even if hegemony is considered as an institution, what form does it take? The chapter rejects any single model of hegemony. Instead, it establishes a typology of forms. These are differentiated firstly along their horizontal axis, according to the composition of the hegemon. Secondly, they are differentiated along their vertical axis, according to the scope of the social constituency within which they seek legitimation. The former covers a spectrum from a singular to a collective hegemony. The latter ranges from an inclusive (universal) to an exclusive (coalitional) hegemony. The argument then explores the distinctive legitimacy dynamics that are peculiar to each of these forms, and why any one form is likely to prove unstable. In particular, it examines the tensions within their bases of legitimacy, especially between various input considerations (representativeness) and competing output considerations (effectiveness).

Keywords:   coalitional hegemony, collective hegemony, input legitimacy, output legitimacy, singular hegemony

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