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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Organizations or Institutions, Democratic Legitimacy

Markus Krajewski

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 October 2019

Subject(s):
International organizations, practice and procedure

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The starting point for an analysis of the legitimacy of international organizations and calls for their democratization is the observation that powers which have traditionally been located at the level of the nation State ( State ) are increasingly transferred to supranational, international, and transnational entities and regimes. The decline of autonomous national sovereignty and the corresponding rise of governance ‘beyond the nation state’ (or global governance; see also Governance, Theory of ) lead to a transformation of public authority, which is an...
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