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Legitimating International Organizations$
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Dominik Zaum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672097.001.0001

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International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation

International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation

(p.3) 1 International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation
Legitimating International Organizations

Dominik Zaum

Oxford University Press

This chapter frames the examinations of legitimation in the volume. It identifies three reasons why legitimation of international organisations merits further analysis: the recognition of the importance of hierarchy in international order, the growing involvement of international organisations in the domestic affairs of states, and the emergence of legitimacy gaps as a result of rapid social change. It proceeds to unpack the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation, and to identify three conceptual challenges to examining the legitimation efforts of international organisations: first, their Janus-faced character as both actors and frameworks for action; second, the need of international organisations to address different and diverse audiences; and third, the multifaceted relationship between power and legitimation. It concludes with a brief overview of the other chapters.

Keywords:   international organisations, regional organisations, legitimacy, legitimation, legitimacy audiences, norms, power

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