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
Date Written: July 15, 2015
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.
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