After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council

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"This is an important book on an extremely important topic. In clear and engaging prose, Hurd examines legitimacy's role in shaping politics in a premier political forum—the United Nations Security Council. He shows us how legitimacy works on the ground in UN politics and the ways it has changed both the UN and world affairs. Hurd has a good nose for theoretical puzzles and is both creative and fearless about following through the implications of what he uncovers."—Martha Finnemore, author of The Purpose of Intervention

"Ian Hurd's book is informative and insightful, scholarly in its treatment of the subject, and significant in its conclusions. It is the best study that I know of how norms of legitimacy work in international institutions."—Michael Doyle, Columbia University

"Hurd's book is remarkable: concise, crisp, substantively compelling, serene in tone, generous in argument and . . . jargon-free. . . . Strongly recommended both for teaching and for the expansion of personal horizons on these important issues."—David M. Malone, author of The International Struggle over Iraq

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Editorial Reviews

European Legacy
[T]his highly sophisticated analysis adds greatly to the literature in this field.
— Aidan Hehir
Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict
Ian Hurd has made an important contribution ot the discourse on international relations with his book.
— Patrick Kubart
Foreign Affairs - G. John Ikenberry
Scholars do not fully understand the sources of legitimacy in world affairs or how it shapes and constrains what leaders do, but this book provides important insights by looking closely at one particular site of international authority: the United Nations Security Council.
Choice - J.R. Strand
Hurd explores the intricate relationship between legitimacy and authority in world politics through an empirical study of the UN Security Council. He provides readers a most thoughtful discussion of the concept of legitimacy, explaining what it is, what it is not, and how it is exercised in world politics.
Political Science Quarterly - C. Cora True-Frost
Ian Hurd's new book provides a vital contribution to the discussion with a well-specified model of legitimacy that balances a subjective, psychological definition with a structural account of legitimacy's effects.
International History Review - Jennifer M. Welsh
The book succeeds in its main theoretical objective, which is to show how constructivism and rational choice can be complementary. As such, it is essential reading for those who seek a more nuanced understanding of how social facts work in international politics.
European Legacy - Aidan Hehir
[T]his highly sophisticated analysis adds greatly to the literature in this field.
Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict - Patrick Kubart
Ian Hurd has made an important contribution ot the discourse on international relations with his book.
From the Publisher
Winner of the 2008 Chadwick F. Alger Prize, International Studies Association

"Scholars do not fully understand the sources of legitimacy in world affairs or how it shapes and constrains what leaders do, but this book provides important insights by looking closely at one particular site of international authority: the United Nations Security Council."—G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

"Hurd explores the intricate relationship between legitimacy and authority in world politics through an empirical study of the UN Security Council. He provides readers a most thoughtful discussion of the concept of legitimacy, explaining what it is, what it is not, and how it is exercised in world politics."—J.R. Strand, Choice

"Ian Hurd's new book provides a vital contribution to the discussion with a well-specified model of legitimacy that balances a subjective, psychological definition with a structural account of legitimacy's effects."—C. Cora True-Frost, Political Science Quarterly

"The book succeeds in its main theoretical objective, which is to show how constructivism and rational choice can be complementary. As such, it is essential reading for those who seek a more nuanced understanding of how social facts work in international politics."—Jennifer M. Welsh, International History Review

"[T]his highly sophisticated analysis adds greatly to the literature in this field."—Aidan Hehir, European Legacy

"Ian Hurd has made an important contribution ot the discourse on international relations with his book."—Patrick Kubart, Journal of International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict

Foreign Affairs
Scholars do not fully understand the sources of legitimacy in world affairs or how it shapes and constrains what leaders do, but this book provides important insights by looking closely at one particular site of international authority: the United Nations Security Council.
— G. John Ikenberry
Choice
Hurd explores the intricate relationship between legitimacy and authority in world politics through an empirical study of the UN Security Council. He provides readers a most thoughtful discussion of the concept of legitimacy, explaining what it is, what it is not, and how it is exercised in world politics.
— J.R. Strand
Political Science Quarterly
Ian Hurd's new book provides a vital contribution to the discussion with a well-specified model of legitimacy that balances a subjective, psychological definition with a structural account of legitimacy's effects.
— C. Cora True-Frost
International History Review
The book succeeds in its main theoretical objective, which is to show how constructivism and rational choice can be complementary. As such, it is essential reading for those who seek a more nuanced understanding of how social facts work in international politics.
— Jennifer M. Welsh
Foreign Affairs
Scholars do not fully understand the sources of legitimacy in world affairs or how it shapes and constrains what leaders do, but this book provides important insights by looking closely at one particular site of international authority: the United Nations Security Council.
— G. John Ikenberry
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691138343
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Hurd is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter One: Introduction 1

LEGITIMACY IN THEORY

Chapter Two: A Theory of Legitimacy 29
Chapter Three: Legitimacy, Rationality, and Power 66

LEGITIMACY IN PRACTICE

Chapter Four: San Francisco, 1945 83
Chapter Five: Blue Helmets and White Trucks 111
Chapter Six: Libya and the Sanctions 137

CONCLUSIONS

Chapter Seven: Legitimacy and Sovereignty 173
Epilogue 194
References 197
Index 213

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