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UN Peace operations and conflicting legitimacies

von Billerbeck, S. B. K. ORCID: (2017) UN Peace operations and conflicting legitimacies. Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, 11 (3). pp. 286-305. ISSN 1750-2985

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17502977.2017.1353751


Analyses of UN peacekeeping increasingly consider legitimacy a key factor for success, conceiving of it as a resource that operations should seek and use in the pursuit of their goals. However, these analyses rarely break down legitimacy by source. Because the UN is an organization with multiple identities and duties however, different legitimacy sources—in particular output and procedural legitimacy—and the UN’s corresponding legitimation practices come into conflict in the context of peacekeeping. Drawing on a range of examples and a specific case of the UN mission in Congo, this article argues that looking at different legitimacy sources and linking them to the institutional identity of the UN is thus critical and it shows how the UN’s in contradictory legitimation practices can reduce overall legitimacy perceptions.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:71251
Uncontrolled Keywords:United Nations, peacekeeping, legitimacy, legitimation, self-determination, effectiveness
Publisher:Taylor and Francis


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