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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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The Legitimacy of the Partisan State

The Legitimacy of the Partisan State

(p.84) 5 The Legitimacy of the Partisan State
Political Legitimacy and the State

Rodney Barker

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the legitimacy of the partisan state. For conservatives or at least for the Tories, the state ought to be partisan in the vigorous cultivation of traditional values, and has no business pandering to the mere wishes of its subjects whose rights are always overridden by the ‘obligation to be ruled’. The state's very partiality is its legitimation, and it is judged by its commitment to particular principles and values which are likely to be held by some of them.

Keywords:   legitimacy, partisan state, conservatives, partisan, partiality, legitimation

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