Unsettled Legitimacy
408 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jul 2010
Release Date:01 Oct 2009
Release Date:01 Jul 2010

Unsettled Legitimacy

Political Community, Power, and Authority in a Global Era

UBC Press

Globalization has challenged taken-for-granted relationships of rulein local, regional, national, and international settings. Thisunsettling of legitimacy raises questions. Under what conditions doindividuals and communities accept globalized decision making aslegitimate? And what political practices do individuals andcollectivities under globalization use to exercise autonomy?

To answer these questions, the contributors to UnsettledLegitimacy explore the disruptions and reconfigurations ofpolitical authority that accompany globalization. They offertheoretical analyses and detailed empirical case studies on thefollowing: the normative foundations of legitimacy and autonomy; theaccommodation of difference and autonomy; communal violence;humanitarian intervention; governance across borders and throughinternational institutions; and legitimacy and autonomy on global andregional scales. They also show that globalization has created demandsfor regulation, security, and the protection of rights and expressionsof individual and collective autonomy within and across multiplepolitical and geographic spaces.

Instead of offering simplistic arguments for or against globalgovernance, enhanced democracy, or economic integration, the essays inthis sophisticated, interdisciplinary collection examine thecomplexities of autonomy, legitimation, and authority in a globalizingworld.

Steven Bernstein is an associate professor ofpolitical science and associate director of the Centre forInternational Studies, University of Toronto. William D.Coleman is CIGI Chair in Globalization and Public Policy atthe Balsillie School of International Affairs and professor in theDepartment of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

Contributors: Ian Cooper, Harvey A. Feit, Tara C.Goetze, Heike Härting, Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Michael Keating, JohnMcGarry, Margaret Moore, Peter Nyers, Sylvia Ostry, Leslie A. Pal,Nisha Shah, Jackie Smith, Julie Sunday, and Melissa S. Williams


1  Introduction: Autonomy, Legitimacy, and Power in an Era ofGlobalization / Steven Bernstein and William D. Coleman

Part 1: Normative Foundations of Legitimacy and Autonomy
2 Citizenship as Agency within Communities of Shared Fate /Melissa S. Williams
3 Autonomy, Democracy, and Legitimacy: The Problem of NormativeFoundations / Ian Cooper
4 Cosmopolis or Empire? Metaphors of Globalization and theDescription of Legitimate Political Communities / NishaShah

Part 2: LegitimacyAccommodatingDifference and Autonomy
5 Governmental Rationalities and the Nation-State: James BayCree Indigenous Co-Governance, from Mercantilist Partnerships toNeoliberal Mechanisms / Harvey A. Feit
6 Protecting Our Resources: (Re)negotiating the Balance ofGovernance and Local Autonomy in Cooperative Natural ResourceManagement in Belize / Tara C. Goetze
7 Globalization, European Integration, and the NationalitiesQuestion / Michael Keating, John McGarry, and Margaret Moore
8 Challenging Legitimacy or Legitimate Challenges? MinorityEncounters with a State in Transition / Julie Sunday

Part 3: Legitimacy, Autonomy, and Violence
9 Sovereignty Redux? Autonomy and Protection in MilitaryInterventions / Peter Nyers
10 From Ethnic Civil War to Global War: (De)legitimizingNarratives of Global Warfare and the Longing for Civility in Sri LankanFiction / Heike Härting

Part 4: Legitimacy and Autonomy on Global and RegionalScales
11 An Airborne Disease: Globalization through African Eyes /Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann
12 The World Trade Organization: System under Stress / SylviaOstry
13 Governing the Electronic Commons: Globalization, Legitimacy,Autonomy, and the Internet / Leslie A. Pal
14 Contested Globalizations: Social Movements and the Struggle forGlobal Democracy / Jackie Smith
15 Conclusion / Steven Bernstein

Notes and Acknowledgments
Works Cited

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