Legitimacy in Realist Thought

@article{Sleat2014LegitimacyIR,
  title={Legitimacy in Realist Thought},
  author={Matt Sleat},
  journal={Political Theory},
  year={2014},
  volume={42},
  pages={314 - 337}
}
What, if anything, can realism say about the normative conditions of political legitimacy? Must a realist political theory accept that the ability to successfully employ coercive power is equivalent to the right to rule, or can it incorporate normative criteria for legitimacy but without collapsing into a form of moralism? While several critics argue that realism fails to adequately differentiate itself from moralism or that it cannot coherently appeal to normative values so as to distinguish… Expand
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