The right to rule : how states win and lose legitimacy

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Popular perceptions of a states legitimacy are inextricably bound to its ability to rule. Vast military and material reserves cannot counter the power of a citizens belief, and the more widespread the...
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Popular perceptions of a states legitimacy are inextricably bound to its ability to rule. Vast military and material reserves cannot counter the power of a citizens belief, and the more widespread the crisis of a states legitimacy, the greater the threat to its stability. Even such established democracies as France and India are losing their moral claims over society, while such highly illiberal states as China and Iran enjoy strong showings of public support. Through a remarkable fusion of empirical research and theory, Bruce Gilley makes clear the link between political consent and political rule. Fixing a definition of legitimacy that is both general and particular, he is able to study the role of legitimacy as it has been maintained and lost in a diverse selection of societies. He begins by detailing the origins of state legitimacy and the methods governments have used to wield it best. He then considers the habits of less successful states, exploring how the process works across different styles of government.
Uitgever Columbia University Press
ISBN/EAN 9780231138727
Auteur Gilley, b.
Vakken Geschiedenis en Staatsinrichting

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