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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, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 05 August 2021

International organizations, practice and procedure

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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 important...
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