Convincing State-Builders? Disaggregating Internal Legitimacy in Abkhazia

@article{Bakke2014ConvincingSD,
  title={Convincing State-Builders? Disaggregating Internal Legitimacy in Abkhazia},
  author={Kristin M. Bakke and John O’Loughlin and Gerard Toal and Michael D. Ward},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
  year={2014},
  volume={58},
  pages={591-607}
}
De facto states, functional on the ground but unrecognized by most states, have long been black boxes for systematic empirical research. This study investigates de facto states’ internal legitimacy—people's confidence in the entity itself, the regime, and institutions. While internal legitimacy is important for any state, it is particularly important for de facto states, whose lack of external legitimacy has made internal legitimacy integral to their quest for recognition. We propose that the… Expand

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