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Legitimacy and Criminal JusticeAn International Exploration$
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Justice Tankebe and Alison Liebling

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701996

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701996.001.0001

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Legitimacy And Democracy In The World Today

Legitimacy And Democracy In The World Today

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(p.7) 1 Legitimacy And Democracy In The World Today
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Legitimacy and Criminal Justice
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John Dunn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701996.003.0002

It is a pressing political feature of the majority of existing states that they claim the legitimacy on which they unite in insisting as a free gift from the ruled to the rulers. A major shared ideological assumption of the regimes of the West is that they (unlike many others today, including some of their key strategic allies) realise that claim in practice, in a correct understanding and a reliable and well institutionalized manner, by deriving their rulers through regular, free and fair elections. This is not a complete delusion; but it is a very strained and politically misleading interpretation of what is in fact the case. To ascertain how far they achieve legitimacy and judge why they do not achieve it more serenely and handsomely it is essential to envisage legitimacy more realistically.

Keywords:   democracy, authorization, legitimacy, dialogue

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