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Democracy as a global determinant factor to legitimate governance and self-determination

Ahmad, Rusniah and Mohd Sani, Mohd Azizuddin and Efevwerhan, David I. (2011) Democracy as a global determinant factor to legitimate governance and self-determination. BIU Law Journal, 1 (1). pp. 57-88. ISSN 111-5837

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In the world today, governments come to power, hoping to be embraced by the international community, so they can engage in the usual international intercourse, since no nation can be an island to itself. Sometimes however, some government meet a cold shoulder from the comity of nations because the government is not legitimate. What then determines the legitimacy or otherwise of a government? This paper identifies democracy as the seemingly worldwide accepted means of legitimately assuming political power.It traces the origin of the acceptability of the concept to election monitors in colonial times in other to determine the legitimacy of the decolonisation process of colonies. It then examines how the UN, regional bodies, Western States, third world countries and even some former Communist States have all embraced democracy-the current democratic struggle in the Arab world inclusive; and concludes that what started as a Western concept or ideology is now the preferred means by which nations exercise the right to self-determination.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, democratic government, representative government, elections, self-determination
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: College of Law, Government and International Studies
Depositing User: Prof. Madya Dr. Rusniah Ahmad
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2014 02:34
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2014 02:34

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