The Politics of Ligitimate Global Governance

James Brassett, Eleni Tsingou

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    Abstract

    Legitimacy is an important question to ask of the theory and practice of global governance. In this introduction, we make two propositions that are used to push thinking about these issues forward. Firstly, in analytical terms we outline a spectrum between legitimacy and legitimization which is aimed to capture the diverse set of approaches to this subject and to develop an engaged and reformist attitude that refuses the either-or distinction in favour of a methodologically pluralist logic of ‘both and’. Secondly, in political terms, we argue that discussions of legitimate global governance in both policy and academic circles can carry a ‘Trojan horse’ quality whereby the ambiguity of the term might allow a point of intervention for more ambitious ethical objectives.
    Legitimacy is an important question to ask of the theory and practice of global governance. In this introduction, we make two propositions that are used to push thinking about these issues forward. Firstly, in analytical terms we outline a spectrum between legitimacy and legitimization which is aimed to capture the diverse set of approaches to this subject and to develop an engaged and reformist attitude that refuses the either-or distinction in favour of a methodologically pluralist logic of ‘both and’. Secondly, in political terms, we argue that discussions of legitimate global governance in both policy and academic circles can carry a ‘Trojan horse’ quality whereby the ambiguity of the term might allow a point of intervention for more ambitious ethical objectives.
    LanguageEnglish
    JournalReview of International Political Economy
    Volume18
    Issue number1
    Pages1-16
    ISSN0969-2290
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Global Governance
    • Legitimacy
    • Global Finance
    • Cosmopolitanism
    • Pragmatism

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    The Politics of Ligitimate Global Governance. / Brassett, James; Tsingou, Eleni.

    In: Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 18, No. 1, 2011, p. 1-16.

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