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Legitimacy: The State and Beyond

Wojciech Sadurski, Michael Sevel, and Kevin Walton


This collection brings together scholars of jurisprudence and political theory to probe the question of ‘legitimacy’. It offers discussions that interrogate the nature of legitimacy, how legitimacy is intertwined with notions of statehood, and how legitimacy reaches beyond the state into supranational institutions and international law. Chapter I considers benefit-based, merit-based, and will-based theories of state legitimacy. Chapter II examines the relationship between expertise and legitimate political authority. Chapter III attempts to make sense of John Rawls’s account of legitimacy in h ... More

Keywords: legitimacy, authority, state, international law, political philosophy, legal philosophy

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198825265
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825265.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wojciech Sadurski, editor
Challice Professor of Jurisprudence, University of Sydney

Michael Sevel, editor
Lecturer, University of Sydney

Kevin Walton, editor
Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney

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