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The Evolution and Legitimacy of International Security Institutions

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  • Date Published: May 2016
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107121119

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  • International institutions constitute the basis of global order. As they struggle to accommodate shifts in power and emerging threats, their legitimacy - their political authority and right to govern - often comes under fire, at times fuelling perceptions of crisis. Yet scholars seldom ask why some institutions are replaced while others are not. Blending theory with history, M. Patrick Cottrell examines some of the world's landmark security institutions, arguing that the possibility of replacement hinges on the sources of institutional legitimacy and the nature and timing of the challenges to it. The analysis not only reveals different pathways to replacement, but also offers a window into the future, including a potential dark side of too much legitimacy. Indeed, as global society becomes ever more dynamic, the fault lines of conflict with the most significant implications for order will not occur over territory, but rather over the legitimacy of international institutions.

    • Provides new perspectives on continuity, crisis, and change in international institutions through a novel focus on replacement
    • A fresh application of the concept of legitimacy revealing a paradoxical 'dark side' of legitimacy
    • Draws on history and theory to provide an accessible analytic narrative of some of the world's landmark security institutions
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    • Date Published: May 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107121119
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Institutional replacement in international politics
    2. Legitimacy and institutional replacement
    3. The politics of reaffirmation - from League of Nations to United Nations
    4. The emergence of the Mine Ban Treaty - the politics of reconstruction
    5. The resilience of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
    6. Legitimacy, institutional change, and the future of global order.

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    M. Patrick Cottrell, Linfield College, Oregon
    M. Patrick Cottrell is Associate Professor of Political Science at Linfield College, Oregon.

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