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Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations

Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations Global Governance 24 (2018), 229–248 Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations Lena Partzsch Celebrities are able to mobilize a wide range of people on a global scale. In his Oscar acceptance speech, Leonardo DiCaprio urged his international audi- ence to work collectively to combat climate change. Another example of celebrity activism is Daryl Hannah’s support for biofuels and the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. In this article, I analyze the legitimacy of such celebrity power in international relations along three criteria (political im- pact, broad participation, and control and accountability). I argue that, as long as celebrities’ claims are vague and do not go further than UN consensus, celebrity power can be considered legitimate through the political impact. In addition, DiCaprio and Hannah contribute civil society perspectives to the inter- national agenda while, however, not necessarily voicing the most marginalized positions. Finally, by urging governments to comply to international agreements, as DiCaprio does, he holds governments accountable on behalf of the public. However, both DiCaprio and Hannah claim to speak on behalf of affected peo- ple who cannot hold the celebrities themselves accountable for their political ac- tion. This lack of control is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1075-2846
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1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-02402005
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Abstract

Global Governance 24 (2018), 229–248 Take Action Now: The Legitimacy of Celebrity Power in International Relations Lena Partzsch Celebrities are able to mobilize a wide range of people on a global scale. In his Oscar acceptance speech, Leonardo DiCaprio urged his international audi- ence to work collectively to combat climate change. Another example of celebrity activism is Daryl Hannah’s support for biofuels and the campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline. In this article, I analyze the legitimacy of such celebrity power in international relations along three criteria (political im- pact, broad participation, and control and accountability). I argue that, as long as celebrities’ claims are vague and do not go further than UN consensus, celebrity power can be considered legitimate through the political impact. In addition, DiCaprio and Hannah contribute civil society perspectives to the inter- national agenda while, however, not necessarily voicing the most marginalized positions. Finally, by urging governments to comply to international agreements, as DiCaprio does, he holds governments accountable on behalf of the public. However, both DiCaprio and Hannah claim to speak on behalf of affected peo- ple who cannot hold the celebrities themselves accountable for their political ac- tion. This lack of control is

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Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 19, 2018

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