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LegitimacyThe State and Beyond$
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Wojciech Sadurski, Michael Sevel, and Kevin Walton

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198825265

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198825265.001.0001

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The Nation State’s Legitimation in Post-National Society

The Nation State’s Legitimation in Post-National Society

A Social Systems Perspective of Values in Legality and Power

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(p.137) VII The Nation State’s Legitimation in Post-National Society
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Legitimacy
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Jiří Přibáň

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198825265.003.0008

This chapter considers the legitimation of the nation state in a post-national world. It employs systems theory, according to which law is one of many normative systems and the state is one of many societal organizations, to make sense of the role of values in the state’s legitimation. It argues that processes of legitimation are constituted by systemic communication between law and politics within and beyond the nation state, communication that involves the internalization of values that are external to these systems. Yet, it stresses, such values are not transcendental foundations; they are instead internally generated expectations that differentiate between legitimacy and illegitimacies in both politics and law.

Keywords:   legitimation, state, systems theory, value, law, politics

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