Political Legitimacy, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change

  title={Political Legitimacy, Authoritarianism, and Climate Change},
  author={Ross Mittiga},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={998 - 1011}
  • Ross Mittiga
  • Published 6 December 2021
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Is authoritarian power ever legitimate? The contemporary political theory literature—which largely conceptualizes legitimacy in terms of democracy or basic rights—would seem to suggest not. I argue, however, that there exists another, overlooked aspect of legitimacy concerning a government’s ability to ensure safety and security. While, under normal conditions, maintaining democracy and rights is typically compatible with guaranteeing safety, in emergency situations, conflicts between these two… 

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