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Legitimating International Organizations

Dominik Zaum


The legitimacy of international and regional organisations and their actions is frequently asserted and challenged by states and commentators alike. Their authorisations or conduct of military interventions, their structures of decision-making, and their involvement in what states deem to be domestic matters have all raised questions of legitimacy. As international organisations lack the coercive powers of states, legitimacy is also considered central to their ability to attain compliance with their decisions. Despite the prominence of legitimacy talk around international organisations, little ... More

Keywords: international organisations, regional organisations, legitimacy, legitimation, norms, international order, social change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199672097
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominik Zaum, editor
Professor of Governance, Conflict, and Security, University of Reading