Armed Groups and the Politics of Legitimacy

Autor(en): Schlichte, Klaus
Schneckener, Ulrich 
Stichwörter: Government & Law; Political Science
Erscheinungsdatum: 2015
Herausgeber: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD
Journal: CIVIL WARS
Volumen: 17
Ausgabe: 4
Startseite: 409
Seitenende: 424
Zusammenfassung: 
This article serves as an introduction to a special section on the question of the legitimacy of non-state armed groups. Starting with a short discussion of the literature on armed groups as political actors, the authors emphasize the importance of the often-underestimated dimension of legitimacy. After having conceptualized legitimacy in more detail, the article addresses three key challenges armed groups usually face regarding the politics of legitimacy: first, they need to legitimize the use of violent means; second, for moral and material support, they depend on beliefs of legitimacy; and third, they need to simultaneously address various domestic and international audiences. Finally, the authors highlight a number of pending questions for further research on armed groups.
ISSN: 13698249
DOI: 10.1080/13698249.2015.1115573

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