The Turn to Authority Beyond States

Transnational Legal Theory vol. 4, no. 3 (November 30, 2013): 315–35

31 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2013 Last revised: 25 Apr 2014

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Birgit Peters

University of Trier

Johan Karlsson Schaffer

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies; University of Oslo - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: June 3, 2013

Abstract

The concept of authority has become increasingly palatable to scholars in law, political science and philosophy when describing, explaining and assessing global governance. While many now seem to agree that applying authority to transnational relations opens fruitful arenas for legal, empirical and normative research, they rely on partly incompatible notions of authority, how it emerges out of and affects the social relations between key actors, and how it relates to legitimacy. In this paper, we introduce this special issue on transnational authority. We discuss why international authority has become a central concern in international studies and compare key contemporary conceptions of international authority, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. We also present the different contributions to this issue, which further seek to clarify the concept and its application in law, political science, and political theory, theoretically or empirically, assessing arenas where authority is or is not legitimately exercised and developing legal conceptions, which might be utilized to constrain the use of authority in international relations.

Keywords: political science, international law, philosophy, authority, legitimacy, bindingness

Suggested Citation

Peters, Birgit and Karlsson Schaffer, Johan, The Turn to Authority Beyond States (June 3, 2013). Transnational Legal Theory vol. 4, no. 3 (November 30, 2013): 315–35, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2277487

Birgit Peters

University of Trier ( email )

54286 Trier
Germany

Johan Karlsson Schaffer (Contact Author)

University of Gothenburg - School of Global Studies ( email )

POB 700
Gothenburg, SE 40530
Sweden

University of Oslo - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 6706 St Olavsplass
Oslo, 0130
Norway

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