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Political Legitimacy and the State$
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Rodney Barker

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780198274957

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198274957.001.0001

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Political Legitimacy

Political Legitimacy

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Political Legitimacy and the State

Rodney Barker

Oxford University Press

This chapter sets out a political usage for the term ‘legitimacy’. It suggests that whatever subsequent associations or connections may be described between political legitimacy and other forms of legitimacy, it is possible to distinguish it as a feature of the relationship between government and governed, or of the processes or structures of government. It is also possible to distinguish between legitimation by specifically political claims or criteria, and legitimation by reference to other values.

Keywords:   legitimacy, political legitimacy, government, governed, legitimation

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