The Legitimation of Power

Paperback | November 13, 2013

byDavid Beetham

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The new edition of this classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to the concept of legitimacy as applied to political systems. Now addressing the issue of legitimacy beyond the state, the book also includes a new introduction and two major additional chapters which update the argument in the light of developments and debates.

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The new edition of this classic text provides a comprehensive introduction to the concept of legitimacy as applied to political systems. Now addressing the issue of legitimacy beyond the state, the book also includes a new introduction and two major additional chapters which update the argument in the light of developments an...

David Beetham is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Leeds, UK.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 10.24 × 5.6 × 0.46 inPublished:November 13, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230279732

ISBN - 13:9780230279735

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2nd edition
Preface to the 1st edition
Introduction 
PART I: THE CRITERIA FOR LEGITIMACY
1. Towards a Social-Scientific Concept of Legitimacy 
2. Power and its need of Legitimation
3. The Intellectual Structure of Legitimacy 
4. Social Science and the Social Construction of Legitimacy
PART II: LEGITIMACY IN THE MODERN STATE
5. Dimensions of State Legitimacy
6. Crisis Tendencies of Political Systems
7. Modes of Non-Legitimate Power
8. Legitimacy in Political Science and Political Philosophy
9. The Legitimation of Power in the 21st Century
PART III: LEGITIMACY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
10. Legitimacy Within the State
11. Legitimacy Beyond the State