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Everyday legitimacy and international administration: global governance and local legitimacy in Kosovo

Lemay-Hebert, Nicolas (2012) Everyday legitimacy and international administration: global governance and local legitimacy in Kosovo. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, iFIRST. ISSN 1750-2977 (In Press)

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URL of Published Version: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17502977.2012.655622

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2012.655622

International administrations are a very specific form of statebuilding. This paper examines the limits illustrated by the experience in Kosovo. Here, the international administration faced the same requirements of any legitimate, Liberal government, but without the checks and balances normally associated with Liberal governance. Thus, the international administration was granted full authority and the power thereby associated, but without the legitimacy upon which the Liberal social contract rests. The state-building agenda put forth came to be seen as more exogenous, reinforcing the delegitimization process. This paper will specifically address the influence of the Weberian approach to legitimacy on the statebuilding literature, as well as its limits. It will then propose other possible avenues for statebuilding, more in line with a wider understanding of legitimacy and intervention.

Type of Work:Article
Date:04 July 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:International Development Department
Keywords:Kosovo, international administration, legitimacy, governance, Weber, state-building, United Nations
Subjects:JZ International relations
JA Political science (General)
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Nicolas Lemay-Hebert
ID Code:794
Refereed:YES
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