Legitimating International Organizations

Hardcover | October 2, 2013

EditorDominik Zaum

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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 bedomestic 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-vistheir 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 howthese 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 audiencesof their legitimacy claims. It also considers the implications of this analysis for global and regional governance.

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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 bedomestic matters have all raised questions ...

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- ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:October 2, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Conceptual Questions1. Dominik Zaum: International Organisations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation2. Mervyn Frost: Legitimacy and International Organisation: The Changing Ethical Context3. Paul Williams: Regional and Global Legitimacy Dynamics: The United Nations and Regional ArrangementsPart II: Case Studies4. Jennifer Welsh and Dominik Zaum: Legitimation and the UN Security Council5. Alhaji Sarjoh Bah: ECOWAS and the Legitimacy Question: A Normative and Institutional Approach6. Walter Lotze: The African Union7. Alice Ba: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Between Internal and External Legitimacy8. Jochen Prantl: The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation9. Christopher Lord: A European Re-invention of Indirect Legitimacy?10. Ingo Peters: Legitimacy and International Organisations: the Case of the OSCE11. Dominik Zaum: Conclusion