Political Legitimacy

[Revised entry by Fabienne Peter on May 13, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Political legitimacy is a virtue of political institutions and of the decisions - about laws, policies, and candidates
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[Revised entry by Fabienne Peter on May 13, 2016. Changes to: Bibliography] Political legitimacy is a virtue of political institutions and of the decisions - about laws, policies, and candidates for political office - made within them. This entry will survey the main answers that have been given to the following questions. First, how should legitimacy be defined? Is it primarily a descriptive or a normative concept? If legitimacy is understood normatively, what does it entail? Some associate legitimacy with the justification of coercive...

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