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10 Oct 1991
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David Beetham's book explores the legitimation of power both as an issue in political and social science theory and in relation to the legitimacy of contemporary political systems including its breakdown in revolution. 'An admirable text which is far reaching in its scope and extraordinary in the clarity with which it covers a wide range of material... One can have nothing but the highest regard for this volume.' - David Held, Times Higher Education Supplement ;'Beetham has produced a study bound to revolutionize sociological thinking and teaching... Seminal and profoundly original... Beetham's book should become the obligitory reading for every teacher and practitioner of social science.' - Zygmunt Bauman, Sociology


Description

David Beetham's book explores the legitimation of power both as an issue in political and social science theory and in relation to the legitimacy of contemporary political systems including its breakdown in revolution. 'An admirable text which is far reaching in its scope and extraordinary in the clarity with which it covers a wide range of material... One can have nothing but the highest regard for this volume.' - David Held, Times Higher Education Supplement ;'Beetham has produced a study bound to revolutionize sociological thinking and teaching... Seminal and profoundly original... Beetham's book should become the obligitory reading for every teacher and practitioner of social science.' - Zygmunt Bauman, Sociology


Contents

PART 1 THE CRITERIA FOR LEGITIMACY - 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 - PART 2 LEGITIMACY IN THE CONTEMPORARY STATE - Dimensions of State Legitimacy - Crisis Tendencies of Political Systems - Modes of Non- Legitimate Power - Legitimacy in Political Science and Political Philosophy