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Armed Groups and the Politics of Legitimacy

Armed Groups and the Politics of Legitimacy 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Civil Wars Taylor & Francis

Armed Groups and the Politics of Legitimacy

Civil Wars , Volume 17 (4): 16 – Oct 2, 2015
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Taylor & Francis
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© 2016 Taylor & Francis
ISSN
1743-968X
eISSN
1369-8249
DOI
10.1080/13698249.2015.1115573
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Abstract

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.

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Civil WarsTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 2, 2015

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