Governmental Illegitimacy and Political Participation
This chapter discusses the relationship between the right to political participation, U.N. election monitoring, and governmental legitimacy. It suggests that the right to political participation gives rise to special problems in the relationship between human rights and state sovereignty, for participatory processes are not just another area of human rights practice. One participates in politics not for the intrinsic benefits of the activity, but for the purpose of affecting the exercise of power in the society.
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