Contending Legitimacy in World Politics

Bronwyn Winter (Editor), Lucia Sorbera (Editor), Matthew Johnson (Editor)

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Legitimacy, along with security and democracy, is arguably one of the most widely used global buzzwords of the new millennium. Yet, the idea of political legitimacy is not new and has been constructed in different ways at different moments in history. This book problematizes this notion, from various contextual standpoints, disciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Taking a comparative, transnational and bottom-up approach to the study of political legitimacy, this book sheds light on multiple perceptions by different actors (institutions, civil society, majoritarian and minority subjects), analysing the notion of political legitimacy from a critical perspective. Questioning received wisdom or one-size-fits-all analyses, it leads to a reassessment of the link between legitimacy and sovereignty, and emphasises the demand by transnational civil society to go beyond identity politics, which produce logics of violence.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISBN (Electronic)9781315174426
ISBN (Print)9780367889265, 9781138041462
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes


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