Everyday Legitimacy and International Administration: Global Governance and Local Legitimacy in Kosovo

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International administrations are a very specific form of statebuilding. This paper examines the limits illustrated by the experience in Kosovo. Here, the international administration faced the same requirements of any legitimate, Liberal government, but without the checks and balances normally associated with Liberal governance. Thus, the international administration was granted full authority and the power thereby associated, but without the legitimacy upon which the Liberal social contract rests. The state-building agenda put forth came to be seen as more exogenous, reinforcing the delegitimization process. This paper will specifically address the influence of the Weberian approach to legitimacy on the statebuilding literature, as well as its limits. It will then propose other possible avenues for statebuilding, more in line with a wider understanding of legitimacy and intervention.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-104
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Intervention and Statebuilding
Issue number1
Early online date5 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Kosovo, international administration, legitimacy, governance, Weber, statebuilding, United Nations

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