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Hey there,

this is my first post in this forum and I hope to receive some valuable feedback ;-). Right now, I am a bit puzzled about whether to use explicit or explicitly in the following sentence:

The authors of a volume edited by XXX et al. (2008) have studied empirically, albeit with an explicit/explicitly normative interest in democratic governance beyond the nation state, four institutional features of international organizations with regard to civil society participation: [enumeration of four elements].

My gut feeling says explicit but in the end I am not sure...

You are more than welcome to provide additional feedback with regard to the rest of the sentence.

Thanks,

Johannes
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Hi Johannes, and welcome to the forums.

Does explicit refer to the interest or does explicitly refer to the normative nature of the interest?

I can't quite understand the meaning.
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Hmm, I wanted to express the latter, i.e. emphasize that they are motivated by a normative concern.

Cheers,
J.
Their concerns were explicitly normative?

(What is a normative concern?)
They are interested in the normative consequences of certain institutional designs... Are certain institutional designs more just, legitimate, or fair than others.
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