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Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law$
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Brad Roth

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243013

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243013.001.0001

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The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary-Democratic Dictatorship

The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary-Democratic Dictatorship

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(p.74) (p.75) Chapter Four The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary-Democratic Dictatorship
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Governmental Illegitimacy in International Law
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Brad R. Roth

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243013.003.0004

This chapter explains the ideological tendency that has figured prominently in post-World War II international discourse as the major global competitor of liberal democracy, that of ‘revolutionary-democratic dictatorship’, the apparent demise of which in the 1990s has opened the door to the controversial claim that liberal democracy has emerged as a universal norm. The chapter also provides an assessment of the direction of international norms regarding governmental legitimacy by considering the non-liberal conception of democracy that has influenced the international discourse up to this point.

Keywords:   post-World War II, liberal democracy, revolutionary-democratic dictatorship, governmental legitimacy, democracy

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