Legitimacy in International Society

Legitimacy in International Society

by Ian Clark
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Oxford University Press, USA


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Legitimacy in International Society

Policy makers and publics alike regularly debate the legitimacy of international events, such as the war on terror, or war in Iraq. But what exactly does legitimacy mean in an international setting? This major new work provides the first historically and theoretically grounded analysis of this critical issue in contemporary society. Drawing on both historical and recent events, Clark provides a lucid demonstration of how legitimacy is a highly political condition, related in complex ways to consensus, other values, and balances of power.

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ISBN-13: 9780199219193
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 10/25/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Ian Clark Professor of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Table of Contents

1. International Legitimacy
Part I: Historical International Society
2. Europe and the Scope of International Society
3. Westphalia: The Origins of International Legitimacy?
4. Utrecht: Consensus, Balance of Power, and Legitimacy
5. Revolutionary and Legitimate Orders: Revolution, War, and the Vienna Settlement
6. Versailles: The Making of an Illegitimate Order?
7. Legitimacy and the Dual Settlement of 1945
Part II: Contemporary International Society
8. Legitimacy after the Cold War
9. Legitimacy and Rightful Membership
10. Legitimacy and Consensus
11. Legitimacy and Norms
12. Legitimacy and Equilibrium

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