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Legitimating the use of force in international politics: A communicative action perspective

Abstract:

The legal provisions of the United Nations Charter offer imprecise and insufficient criteria for discriminating properly between legitimate vs illegitimate uses of force. The conflation of the concept of the legitimacy of the use of force with what is lawful, as agreed upon by a small number of major international actors, overlooks those situations in which legal standards are rendered instruments of political deception and manipulation in the hands of the most powerful actors. The solution p...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1177/1354066105052968

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, SSD, International Development
Publisher:
Sage Publisher's website
Journal:
European Journal of International Relations Journal website
Volume:
11
Issue:
2
Pages:
266-303
Publication date:
2005
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ISSN:
1354-0661
URN:
uuid:177afec1-ad9a-494a-9985-3e4f9515c451
Source identifiers:
281447
Local pid:
pubs:281447

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