Introduction: the politics of public justification

Uriel Abulof, Markus Kornprobst*

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Introducing the special issue, this introduction sketches a broad frame for studying public justification. Addressing the relevance of studying this phenomenon, we contend that justificatory processes are very much at the core today’s politics. Defining the concept inclusively, we highlight the relevance of communicative agency and, at the same time, the salience of communicative contexts that enable this agency. Casting our net widely, we show how public justification is related to other, more thoroughly studied concepts, such as legitimacy, authority and power. Encouraging students of public justification to add to our understanding of justificatory processes, we highlight multiple fruitful methodological avenues for studying the concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalContemporary Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2017


  • Communication
  • context
  • legitimacy
  • power
  • public justification
  • reasoning


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