Recovering Justice: Political Legitimacy Reconsidered

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Title Recovering Justice: Political Legitimacy Reconsidered
Author Kane, John; Patapan, Haig
Journal Name Politics & Policy
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Abstract Democratic leaders confront a core dilemma in international relations. They favor democracies but know that the legitimacy of stable nondemocratic states is guaranteed under principles of state sovereignty and nonintervention. They therefore seem forced to either one extreme or another—to a de facto accommodation with nondemocracies that seems amoral, or to a missionary zeal for democratic change that seems perversely imperialistic. In this article we argue that these positions, the “realistic” and the “idealistic,” represent a false dichotomy generated by what we term the first and second moments of legitimacy, respectively. These moments—the first resting on international stability, the second on democracy—have been in historical contest for centuries. We argue the need for a third moment—of legitimacy as justice—to surmount the limitations of these options and the false choice they present, making room for the exercise of a prudent international leadership.
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Volume 38
Issue Number 3
Page from 589
Page to 610
ISSN 1555-5623
Date Accessioned 2011-01-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Policy and Administration
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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