On Legitimacy

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dc.contributor.author KRATOCHWIL, Friedrich
dc.date.accessioned 2006-10-02T14:03:20Z
dc.date.available 2006-10-02T14:03:20Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation International Relations, 2006, 20, 3, 302-308 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/6252
dc.description.abstract This article provides a conceptual analysis of different uses of the term ‘legitimacy’. Rather than attempting to provide a simple ‘definition’ I argue that the meaning of the concept cannot be understood in terms of a clear reference, but has to be analysed through its links with other concepts within a semantic field. In this way we are also able to ‘explain’ why at first contradictory uses of the term (designating its ‘input’ or the ‘output’ side) are part of its ‘grammar’. To that extent attempts at stipulative definitions aiming at an unequivocal sense of the term fundamentally misunderstand the function of this concept within the political discourse. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title On Legitimacy en
dc.type Article en
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