B9 - Legitimacy in Areas of Limited Statehood
Meta-problems of legitimacy in areas of limited statehood
This research project investigates the notion of legitimacy, understood as the moral acceptability of governance in areas of limited statehood. Questions on the meta-level of legitimacy arise when the basic requirements of legitimate governance - such as a consensus about the boundaries of the political community to be governed - are not met. The project aims to develop normative principles for dealing with these meta-problems. For this purpose we examine two types of cases: contested claims of collective self-determination and international transitional administrations.