What About Hobbes? Legitimacy as a Matter of Inclusion in the Functional and Rational Exercise of International Public Power

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Abstract

Inspired by Professor Bodansky’s powerful analysis of legitimacy and its discussion at this conference and reciprocating his compliment, I should like to address his brilliant ad hoc contribution to the conference. The starting point of the following brief remarks will be Professor Bodansky’s intriguing insight that the heart of the matter of legitimacy and our worrying about it is the question why should I obey (public) power? This very question points to the paradox of making collectively binding decisions of the political or the legal variety, in the words of the late Niklas Luhmann. My remarks are thus concerned with the positive theory of legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLegitimacy in International Law
EditorsRüdiger Wolfrum, Volker Röben
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages353-367
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783540777649
ISBN (Print)9783540777632
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Publication series

NameBeiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Volume194

Keywords

  • Member state
  • Security Council
  • European Council
  • Informal group
  • Positive theory

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    Legitimacy in International Law

    Wolfrum, R. (ed.) & Roeben, V., 2008, Berlin: Springer Verlag. 420 p. (Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht; vol. 194)

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    Röben, V. (2008). What About Hobbes? Legitimacy as a Matter of Inclusion in the Functional and Rational Exercise of International Public Power. In R. Wolfrum, & V. Röben (Eds.), Legitimacy in International Law (pp. 353-367). (Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht ; Vol. 194). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-77764-9_17