Why Justification? The Structure of Public Power in Transnational Contexts

Transnational Legal Theory, 8, 1, 2017, 8 – 21

14 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2017

Date Written: July 1, 2017


This article asks the question why the social praxis of justification has moved to the centre-stage within the debate on transnational legal ordering. The starting point is the development of a generic concept of legally constituted public power aimed at breaking the frames that classically distinguish the national and the transnational and state and society. On that background, two structural differences between national and transnational public power are focused upon. First is the issue of constructing and delineating boundaries, which in national contexts is addressed through reference to territorial borders. Second is the issue of adapting decision-making to changing societal circumstances, which is addressed in national contexts through democracy. Both of these remedies are unavailable or only partially available at the transnational level. It is in order to respond to these deficiencies, it is argued, that a turn to justification has emerged at the transnational level of world society.

Keywords: Democracy, European Union, Justification, Transnational Law, Transnational Politics, Globalization, Legal Theory, Public Power

Suggested Citation

Kjaer, Poul F., Why Justification? The Structure of Public Power in Transnational Contexts (July 1, 2017). Transnational Legal Theory, 8, 1, 2017, 8 – 21. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2997478 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2997478

Poul F. Kjaer (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School ( email )

Solbjerg Plads 3
Frederiksberg C, DK - 2000

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