Legitimating International Organizations

Legitimating International Organizations

By: Dominik Zaum (editor)Hardback

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The legitimacy of international and regional organizations and their actions is frequently asserted and challenged by states and commentators alike. Their authorisations or conduct of military interventions, their structures of decision-making, and their involvement into what states deem to be domestic matters have all raised questions of legitimacy. As international organizations lack the coercive powers of states, legitimacy is also considered central to their ability to attain compliance with their decisions. Despite the prominence of legitimacy talk around international organizations, little attention has been paid to the practices and processes through which such organizations and their member states justify the authority these organizations exercise - how they legitimise themselves both vis-a-vis their own members and external audiences. This book addresses this gap by comparing and evaluating the legitimation practices of a range of international and regional organizations. It examines the practices through which such organizations justify and communicate their legitimacy claims, and how these practices differ between organizations. In exploring the specific legitimation practices of international organizations, this book analyses the extent to which such practices are shaped by the structure of the different organizations, by the distinct normative environments within which they operate, and by the character of the audiences of their legitimacy claims. It also considers the implications of this analysis for global and regional governance.

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Dominik Zaum is Reader in International Relations at the University of Reading, and a Senior Research Fellow in Conflict and Fragility at the UK's Department for International Development (DFID). His research focuses on the politics of international organisations, especially the UN, and on the political economy of international peace- and statebuilding efforts. His publications include The Sovereignty Paradox: The Norms and Politics of International Statebuilding (OUP, 2007), The United Nations Security Council and War: The Evolution of Thought and Practice Since 1945 (OUP, 2008), and Political Economy of Statebuilding: Power after Peace (Routledge, 2012).


PART I: CONCEPTUAL QUESTIONS ; 1. International Organisations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation ; 2. Legitimacy and International Organisation: The Changing Ethical Context ; 3. Regional and Global Legitimacy Dynamics: The United Nations and Regional Arrangements ; PART II: CASE STUDIES ; 4. Legitimation and the UN Security Council ; 5. ECOWAS and the Legitimacy Question: A Normative and Institutional Approach ; 6. The African Union ; 7. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Between Internal and External Legitimacy ; 8. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation ; 9. A European Re-invention of Indirect Legitimacy? ; 10. Legitimacy and International Organisations: the Case of the OSCE ; 11. Conclusion

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/09/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199672097
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 272
  • ID: 9780199672097
  • weight: 564
  • ISBN10: 0199672091

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