After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the United Nations Security Council

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Princeton University Press, 2007 - History - 221 pages
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The politics of legitimacy is central to international relations. When states perceive an international organization as legitimate, they defer to it, associate themselves with it, and invoke its symbols. Examining the United Nations Security Council, Ian Hurd demonstrates how legitimacy is created, used, and contested in international relations. The Council's authority depends on its legitimacy, and therefore its legitimation and delegitimation are of the highest importance to states.


Through an examination of the politics of the Security Council, including the Iraq invasion and the negotiating history of the United Nations Charter, Hurd shows that when states use the Council's legitimacy for their own purposes, they reaffirm its stature and find themselves contributing to its authority. Case studies of the Libyan sanctions, peacekeeping efforts, and the symbolic politics of the Council demonstrate how the legitimacy of the Council shapes world politics and how legitimated authority can be transferred from states to international organizations. With authority shared between states and other institutions, the interstate system is not a realm of anarchy. Sovereignty is distributed among institutions that have power because they are perceived as legitimate.


This book's innovative approach to international organizations and international relations theory lends new insight into interactions between sovereign states and the United Nations, and between legitimacy and the exercise of power in international relations.


 

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Theory of Legitimacy
29
Legitimacy Rationality and Power
66
San Francisco 1945
83
Blue Helmets and White Trucks
111
Libya and the Sanctions
137
Legitimacy and Sovereignty
173
Epilogue
194
References
197
Index
213
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About the author (2007)

Ian Hurd is Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. He is a leading scholar of international law and international relations and has won awards for his research and teaching, including the Chadwick Alger prize for After Anarchy: Legitimacy and Power in the UN Security Council and the Barry Farrell award at Northwestern University for teaching excellence. He is also the co-editor of The UN Security Council and the Politics of International Authority.

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