Journal article

Towards a 'pluralist' world order: creative agency and legitimacy in global institutions

Terry Macdonald, Kate Macdonald

European Journal of International Relations | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


This article addresses the question of how we should understand the normative grounds of legitimacy in global governance institutions, given the social and organizational pluralism of the contemporary global political order. We argue that established normative accounts of legitimacy, underpinning both internationalist and cosmopolitan institutional models, are incompatible with real-world global social and organizational pluralism, insofar as they are articulated within the parameters of a ‘statist’ world order imaginary: this sees legitimacy as grounded in rational forms of political agency, exercised within ‘closed’ communities constituted by settled common interests and identities. To adv..

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