A Social Norms Approach to Legitimacy

@article{Horne2009ASN,
  title={A Social Norms Approach to Legitimacy},
  author={Christine Horne},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  year={2009},
  volume={53},
  pages={400 - 415}
}
  • Christine Horne
  • Published 12 October 2009
  • Sociology
  • American Behavioral Scientist
Rulers seek to develop legitimacy. Legitimacy is a murky concept, however, and just how rulers might attain it is not well understood. This article explores the implications of conceptualizing legitimacy as a social norm that encourages people to support the ruler. This conceptualization points to the importance of social relations as well as characteristics of the ruler and his or her behavior. These factors together are argued to affect the extent to which norms supporting the ruler are… 

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