This book is an outcome of the international conference held in July 1985 at Berlin. It discusses the issues related to the legitimacy of the political regime. The book also discusses crises of legitimacy in democracy focusing on the current crisis of the welfare state.
Introduction: Strains on Legitimacy 1. Comparing Legitimacy and Values Among Advanced Democratic Countries 2. Legitimacy of Democracy and the Socioeconomic System 3. Political Alienation and Protest 4. Tendencies Toward an Erosion of Legitimacy 5. Defeatism in Western Europe: Reluctance to Fight for Country 6. Basic Values: Religion, Patriotism, and Equality 7. Crisis of the Welfare State 8. Comparative Policy Analysis: The Program Approach 9. What Kind of Pluralist Democracy Tomorrow: Civic or State Controlled?