Political Legitimacy and Democracy*

@article{Buchanan2002PoliticalLA,
  title={Political Legitimacy and Democracy*},
  author={Allen E. Buchanan},
  journal={Ethics},
  year={2002},
  volume={112},
  pages={689 - 719}
}
  • A. Buchanan
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Law, Political Science
  • Ethics
The term ‘political legitimacy’ is unfortunately ambiguous. One serious source of confusion is the failure to distinguish clearly between political legitimacy and political authority and to conflate political authority with authoritativeness. I will distinguish between (1) political legitimacy, (2) political authority, and (3) authoritativeness. I will also articulate two importantly different variants of the notion of political authority. Having drawn these distinctions, I will argue first… 
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