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Legitimating International Organizations$
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Dominik Zaum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199672097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672097.001.0001

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International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation

International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation

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(p.3) 1 International Organizations, Legitimacy, and Legitimation
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Legitimating International Organizations
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Dominik Zaum

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672097.003.0001

This chapter frames the examinations of legitimation in the volume. It identifies three reasons why legitimation of international organisations merits further analysis: the recognition of the importance of hierarchy in international order, the growing involvement of international organisations in the domestic affairs of states, and the emergence of legitimacy gaps as a result of rapid social change. It proceeds to unpack the concepts of legitimacy and legitimation, and to identify three conceptual challenges to examining the legitimation efforts of international organisations: first, their Janus-faced character as both actors and frameworks for action; second, the need of international organisations to address different and diverse audiences; and third, the multifaceted relationship between power and legitimation. It concludes with a brief overview of the other chapters.

Keywords:   international organisations, regional organisations, legitimacy, legitimation, legitimacy audiences, norms, power

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