WikiLeaks, ideological legitimacy and the crisis of empire

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January 2, 2011
by Frances Shor  
Posted in Commentary

'While empires try to maintain their hegemony through economic and military prowess, they must also rely on a form of ideological legitimacy to guarantee their rule. Such legitimacy is often embedded in the geopolitical reputation of the empire among its allies and reluctant admirers. Once that reputation begins to unravel, the empire appears illegitimate." (01/02/11)  


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