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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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Revisiting Legitimacy, Twenty Years On

Revisiting Legitimacy, Twenty Years On

(p.19) 2 Revisiting Legitimacy, Twenty Years On
Legitimacy and Criminal Justice

David Beetham

Oxford University Press

Since its publication in 1991, The Legitimation of Power with its distinctive framework for analysing legitimacy has been much quoted and used by other scholars, both in political science and in other disciplines, notably criminal justice and criminology. This chapter reviews the subsequent developments, clarifications and criticisms of this analytical framework. It uses the analytical framework of the book to examine the legitimacy crisis in the international financial sector, and the way this has come to be displaced onto democratic governments, especially in Europe, revealing the tensions that lie at the heart of both the democratic and the European projects. In conclusion, it is argued that the original framework offered in the book needs some refinement and updating, but that its overall method of analysing legitimacy still provides the best approach to understanding and using this crucial and much-debated concept.

Keywords:   legitimacy, justice, legitimacy analysis, Europe, democracy

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