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International Law and the Future of Freedom$
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John H. Barton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780804776691

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804776691.001.0001

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The Intangibles of Governance

The Intangibles of Governance

(p.111) Chapter Four The Intangibles of Governance
International Law and the Future of Freedom

John H. Barton

Stanford University Press

Human feelings and beliefs are permanent aspects of political systems. These can include patriotism, a sense of one's region, a sense of nationalism, a religious or ethnic tradition, or a secularized religion such as fascism. Loyalty to a community or society is what matters to people and may, depending on the circumstances, strengthen or weaken the legitimacy of governments. This chapter first considers the traditional roles of these intangible aspects of governance, and then looks at how these roles have changed domestically and internationally in the current world. It concludes by identifying the implications for national governments and international institutions. At the present time, the implications for national governments are far more important than are those for international institutions.

Keywords:   human feelings, beliefs, political system, loyalty, national government, international institutions

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