The Legitimation of Power by David Beetham is a famous political theory text. The book examines the legitimation of power as an essential issue for social scientists to take into account, looking at both relationships between legitimacy and the variety of contemporary political systems. It has been praised by David Held in the Times Higher Education Supplement as an "admirable text", "far reaching in its scope" and "extraordinary in the clarity with which it covers a wide range of material". The book is in two parts. The first looks at the criteria for legitimacy, outlining the social-scientific concept of legitimacy, power and its need of legitimation, the intellectual structure of legitimacy generally and the social science and the social construction of legitimacy in particular. The second part of the work examines the legitimacy of the contemporary states, outlining the dimensions of state legitimacy, the tendencies of political systems to have crisis and various modes of non-legitimate power.
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The Legitimation of Power. Description 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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Add to basket. The State Colin Hay. Democratization Jean Grugel. Why Institutions Matter Vivien Lowndes. The Legitimation of Power David Beetham.
Democracy in Crisis? Beyond Paradigms Rudra Sil. Power and the State Martin J. Table of contents Preface to the 2nd edition. Towards a Social-Scientific Concept of Legitimacy.
Power and its need of Legitimation. The Intellectual Structure of Legitimacy. Social Science and the Social Construction of Legitimacy. Dimensions of State Legitimacy. Crisis Tendencies of Political Systems.
Modes of Non-Legitimate Power. Legitimacy in Political Science and Political Philosophy. The Legitimation of Power in the 21st Century.
Legitimacy Within the State. Legitimacy Beyond the State. Review quote 'By far the best account of legitimacy available. This is a welcome new edition of the book that displaced the work of Max Weber to become the definitive treatment of a concept that stands at the centre of social life and politics everywhere.
David Beetham, uniting the skills of social scientist and political philosopher, brings unusual clarity and depth to this ancient question. He has updated the examination of how different political systems answer it and, in two stimulating new chapters, further sharpens the analysis and applies it beyond and below the level of the state.
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The Legitimation of Power