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Legitimacy: Legitimacy is the belief that a rule, institution, or leader has the right to govern. It is a judgment by an individual about the rightfulness of a hierarchy. See also Law, Laws, Rights, Society, State, Justice, Democracy.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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David Easton on Legitimacy - Dictionary of Arguments

Brocker I 498
Legitimacy/Political system/Easton: Legitimacy exists when the person believes that the institutionalized regime corresponds to his/her own moral principles (1). This form of diffuse support is mainly generated by socialization. According to Easton, it is the most stable form of support (2), since the regime is supported for its own sake, i.e. on the basis of the values and norms that the respective citizen prefers and to which, in his opinion, the regime of his own country corresponds to. See Political System/Easton.

1. David Easton, »A Re-Assessment of the Concept of Political Support«, in: British Journal of Political Science 5/4, 1975, p. 451
2. David Easton, A Framework for Political Analysis, Englewood Cliffs, N. J. 1965, p. 278

Dieter Fuchs, “David Easton, A Systems Analysis of Political Life” in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

PolEast I
David Easton
A Systems Analysis of Political Life New York 1965

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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