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Political Legitimacy
Realism in Political Theory and Sociology

ISBN 9781032150994
Published July 21, 2022 by Routledge
172 Pages

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Book Description

Political Legitimacy: Realism in Political Theory and Sociology explores the concept of political legitimacy, the nature of the normative foundation of politics and the state. With particular attention to the broad theoretical approach of political realism within political theory and political sociology, it examines the work of figures including Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss, John Grey, Max Weber, and Niklas Luhmann, among others.

Contending that in the face of the waning influence of political idealism, the insights of political realism constitute a promising way forward, the author also advances the view that realist political theory would benefit from sociological insights, particularly on the nature of the state.

As such, Political Legitimacy will appeal to scholars and students of social and political theory, political sociology, and political philosophy.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Diversions of political idealism  3. Political and sociological realism  4. Max Weber: Legitimacy by leadership  5. Weberian ideas of structural legitimacy  6. Legitimation demand, value pluralism and modus vivendi  7. Niklas Luhmann: Legitimacy as political self-production  8. Postscript

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Terje Rasmussen is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. He is the author of Social Theory and Communication Technology and Personal Media and Everyday Life: A Networked Lifeworld, and the co-editor of Digital Media Revisited: Theoretical and Conceptual Innovation in Digital Domains.