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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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Legitimacy and International Organizations—the Case of the OSCE

Legitimacy and International Organizations—the Case of the OSCE

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(p.196) 10 Legitimacy and International Organizations—the Case of the OSCE
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Legitimating International Organizations
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Ingo Peters

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672097.003.0010

This chapter examines the contestation of the OSCE’s legitimacy by Russia on the one hand, and the US and Germany on the other. It highlights that international organisations are not only institutions whose authority needs to be constantly legitimated both towards internal and external audiences, but are also institutional frameworks through which states advance and contest competing conceptions of international order. The competing conceptions of order are examined through debates on the forms and functions of the OSCE, in particular the issue of its legal personality, the unequal involvement of the OSCE into the domestic affairs of its member states, and the autonomy from member-state control of OSCE institutions such as the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR). It also highlights the limits that value pluralism, exemplified in the OSCE by the split between Russia and CIS states on the one hand, and North American and Western European states on the other, undermines the efficacy of efforts to legitimate any international organisation.

Keywords:   OSCE, legitimacy, legitimation, Russia, Germany, US, value pluralism

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