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Let’s justify! How regime complexes enhance the normative legitimacy of global governance

Faude, Benjamin and Grobe-Kreul, Felix (2020) Let’s justify! How regime complexes enhance the normative legitimacy of global governance. International Studies Quarterly, 64 (2). 431 - 439. ISSN 1468-2478

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Identification Number: 10.1093/isq/sqaa024


This theory note develops a theoretical approach which integrates the negative spillovers that international institutions often impose on each other into our thinking about their normative legitimacy. Our approach draws on the political philosophy of Rainer Forst which revolves around the right to justification. It suggests that regime complexes facilitate the breakup of institution-specific orders of justification by prompting invested actors to justify negative spillovers vis-à-vis each other. Thus, regime complexes enable more encompassing justifications of negative spillovers than stand-alone international institutions. Against this backdrop, we submit that the proliferation of regime complexes represents normative progress in global governance.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Authors
Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2020 10:57
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2024 21:09

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