The Power of Legitimacy among Nations

Hardcover | March 1, 1995

byThomas M. Franck

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Although there is no international government, and no global police agency enforces the rules, nations obey international law. In this provocative study, Franck employs a broad range of historical, legal, sociological, anthropological, political, and philosophical modes of analysis to unravelthe mystery of what makes states and people perceive rules as legitimate. Demonstrating that virtually all nations obey most rules nearly all of the time, Franck reveals that the more legitimate laws and institutions appear to be, the greater is their capacity for compliance. Distilling thosefactors which increase the perception of legitimacy, he shows how a community of rules can be fashioned from a system of sovereign states without creating a global leviathan.

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Although there is no international government, and no global police agency enforces the rules, nations obey international law. In this provocative study, Franck employs a broad range of historical, legal, sociological, anthropological, political, and philosophical modes of analysis to unravelthe mystery of what makes states and people...

Thomas M. Franck is at New York University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.83 × 1.14 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195061780

ISBN - 13:9780195061789

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"Franck is the first person who truly attempts in a systematic manner to make the concept of 'legitimacy' operational with regard to public international law....A beautiful and surely provocative book in a readable style....A stellar achievement."--Netherlands International Law Review