Legality and Legitimacy: The Environment Challenge

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    The current world order is characterized by continuing loss of ecological services, a paucity of global spending on sustainable development and a disproportionate environmental impact on those who are already marginalized. These features raise doubts about both the adequacy and the legitimacy of the rule systems and institutions of global environmental governance. This chapter explores the tension between legality and legitimacy in the global politics of the environment through three over-lapping sites of debate: sovereign authority; rightful membership of the global political community; and the nature of procedures, norms and performance. It concludes that both the legality and legitimacy of environmental institutions and practices rest not just on performance and effectiveness but also on both particular and general notions of consent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLegality and Legitimacy in Global Affairs
    Editors Richard Falk, Mark Juergensmeyer & Vesselin Popovski
    Place of PublicationNew York USA
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780199781577
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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