Critical reflections on the Westphalian assumptions of international law and organization: a crisis of legitimacy

  title={Critical reflections on the Westphalian assumptions of international law and organization: a crisis of legitimacy},
  author={A. Claire Cutler},
  journal={Review of International Studies},
  pages={133 - 150}
  • A. C. Cutler
  • Published 1 April 2001
  • Political Science
  • Review of International Studies
This article argues that the fields of international law and organization are experiencing a legitimacy crisis relating to fundamental reconfigurations of global power and authority. Traditional Westphalian-inspired assumptions about power and authority are incapable of providing contemporary understanding, producing a growing disjunction between the theory and the practice of the global system. The actors, structures, and processes identified and theorized as determinative by the dominant… 

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