International Politics, International Law, and the Legitimacy of Domestic Governments
This chapter discusses how governmental illegitimacy arises as an issue in international relations and international law. International reaction to the 1991–1994 Haitian crisis is only the most prominent in a series of events that suggest that a norm of governmental illegitimacy is emerging to challenge more traditional notions of state sovereignty. The chapter also seeks to determine the extent to which a norm of popular sovereignty has displaced the protections that international law has traditionally accorded de facto authorities; the extent of that norm's relationship to liberal-democratic principles of government; and the legal implications of this development for multilateral interventions in the internal affairs of the states.
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