1st Edition

Legitimacy Beyond the State Normative and Conceptual Questions

Edited By N. P. Adams, Antoinette Scherz, Cord Schmelzle Copyright 2021
    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    146 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume addresses the normative legitimacy of the international order, asking how we can make sense of legitimacy claims of increasingly diverse global governance institutions and practices and how their legitimacy relates to and differs from state legitimacy.

    State legitimacy is a central concern of modern political thought but is inadequate when applied to institutions that differ from the state in type, level of governance, scope, and much else. We need a new, tailored approach to the legitimacy of institutions beyond the state, especially international and transnational institutions. Such an approach includes foundational questions: what does it mean for institutions to be legitimate that have radically different purposes, means, interests, capacities, constituents, and roles from states? And what standards do such institutions have to meet in order to count as legitimate? The contributions to this volume seek to advance the debate on these questions at both abstract and more concrete levels. They range from conceptual questions about the nature of legitimacy and international institutions, to rule of law, to the legitimacy of the UN Security Council, the International Criminal Court, and occupying military forces in the face of challenges specific to their nature and context. Together they demonstrate both the promise and challenges of theorizing legitimacy beyond the state.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

    Introduction: Legitimacy beyond the state: institutional purposes and contextual constraints

    N. P. Adams, Antoinette Scherz and Cord Schmelzle

    1. Legitimacy and institutional purpose

    N. P. Adams

    2. Global democracy and feasibility

    Eva Erman and Jonathan W. Kuyper

    3. The international rule of law

    Carmen E. Pavel

    4. The arbitrary circumscription of the jurisdiction of the international criminal court

    Thomas Christiano

    5. The UN Security Council, normative legitimacy and the challenge of specificity

    Antoinette Scherz and Alain Zysset

    6. The legitimacy of occupation authority: beyond just war theory

    Cord Schmelzle


    N. P. Adams is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA.

    Antoinette Scherz is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at PluriCourts at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Cord Schmelzle is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Principal Investigator at the Research Institute Social Cohesion at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.