Abulof, Uriel, and Markus Kornprobst.
Abulof, Uriel, and Markus Kornprobst. "Introduction: The politics of public justification." Contemporary Politics 23.1 (2017): 1-18
Publication year: 2016

Introduction: The Politics of Public Justification

By Uriel Abulof and Markus Kornprobst



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.



  • communication
  • context
  • legitimacy
  • power
  • public justification
  • reasoning


Last draft before final version and publication Contemporary Politics 23/1 (2017) [with Uriel Abulof] {in special issue: The Politics of Public Justification, edited with Uriel Abulof}. Reprinted in Communication, Legitimation and Morality.
Full bibliographical details: Abulof, Uriel, and Markus Kornprobst. „Introduction: The politics of public justification.“ Contemporary Politics 23.1 (2017): 1-18.