The Legitimacy of the Supranational Regulation of Local Systems of Food Production. A Discussion Whose Time Has Come

Journal of Social Philosophy, Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2015

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Emanuela Ceva

University of Pavia, Department of Political and Social Sciences

Chiara Testino

University of Pavia

Federico Zuolo

University of Genoa

Date Written: July 15, 2015

Abstract

Issues of international legitimacy have been the object of a lively debate in the fields of international law and political science. Political philosophers have paid much less attention to these issues. This is rather surprising, especially if one considers the vivid interest that germane issues of global justice have sparked among them, especially within liberal political thought. An explanation may be found by considering the general tendency of political philosophers to conflate the domain of legitimacy with that of justice (or, at least, to make the former dependent on the latter). We think that this conflation is a mistake in at least one popular liberal interpretation of legitimacy as a component of the liberal project of public justification. This mistake has important consequences for the normative issues that political philosophers are capable of identifying when they engage with the international arena and its institutions. In the paper, we show the importance of identifying discrete issues of international legitimacy by reference to the illustrative case of the supranational regulation of local systems of food production.

Suggested Citation

Ceva, Emanuela and Testino, Chiara and Zuolo, Federico, The Legitimacy of the Supranational Regulation of Local Systems of Food Production. A Discussion Whose Time Has Come (July 15, 2015). Journal of Social Philosophy, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2635760

Emanuela Ceva (Contact Author)

University of Pavia, Department of Political and Social Sciences ( email )

Corso Strada Nuova, 65
27100 Pavia, 27100
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://www-3.unipv.it/webdsps/en/docente.php?id=ceva

Chiara Testino

University of Pavia ( email )

Corso Strada Nuova, 65
27100 Pavia, 27100
Italy

Federico Zuolo

University of Genoa ( email )

Via Vivaldi 5
Genova, 16126
Italy

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