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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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Regional and Global Legitimacy Dynamics: The United Nations and Regional Arrangements

Regional and Global Legitimacy Dynamics: The United Nations and Regional Arrangements

(p.41) 3 Regional and Global Legitimacy Dynamics: The United Nations and Regional Arrangements
Legitimating International Organizations

Paul D. Williams

Oxford University Press

The chapter examines different legitimation claims made by regional organisations and the UN with regard to their activities to maintain international peace and security. It argues that the legitimation relationships between the UN Security Council and regional organisations are more complex than the clear normative and institutional hierarchy outlined in the UN Charter suggests: some regional organisations rely on UN Security Council mandates for their legitimation claims, while in other cases the Council has sought the support of regional organisations before authorising an operation or the use of force. It shows how the legitimation dynamics between the UN and regional organisations are shaped by the audiences who need to recognise different legitimation claims and who respond differently to the claims by different organisations. Overall, the chapter argues, the Council remains the most authoritative institution addressing peace and security issues, but often relied on partnerships with regional organisations to bolster its legitimacy.

Keywords:   United Nations, regional organisations, peace and security, legitimacy, legitimation, legitimacy audiences, norms

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