Do We Need to Discuss Legitimacy at All Levels of Governance?

  • Peter Klen-Hong Yu
  • Miin Huui Lee


In the last decade or two, the study of governance has increasingly come into vogue, especially with the rise of civil society at the domestic and international levels, although the concept is as old as human civilization.1 Some academics predict that the study of international governance may well supplant, if not replace, (neo-)Realism as the mainstream school of thought in less than 15 years. That may well be the case if we want to be closer to reality in our description, explanation, and inference or prediction of politics, economics, and societal affairs. This chapter attempts to find out whether or not legitimacy, an essentially contested term,2 must be discussed when we talk about governance at various selected levels.


Corporate Governance World Trade Organization Good Governance International Governance International Regime 
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  • Miin Huui Lee

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