Human Rights Review

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 391–396 | Cite as

Legitimacy in Global Politics

  • Stephen C. Ropp
Book Review Essay

Truth Commissions: Memory, Power and Legitimacyby Onur Bakiner

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016

The European Consensus and the Legitimacy of the European Court of Human RightsbyKonstantin Dzehtsiarou

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombingby Janina Dill

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015

These three books all center on the theme of legitimacy in global politics – what the authors’ think it is, what they believe it legitimizes, and who (or what) they think serves as the primary agents of legitimation. It must therefore be pointed out at the beginning of this review essay that scholars have long disagreed about the most appropriate theoretical lens through which to view legitimacy and even on the very definition of legitimacy itself.

In general, theoretical approaches cluster around either realist, liberal institutionalist, or constructivist perspectives. From the realist point of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA

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