Compliance, Consent, and Legitimacy

Russell Hardin

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199566020
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577482 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Compliance, Consent, and Legitimacy

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This article discusses compliance, consent, and legitimacy, which can all be used as strictly descriptive and positive terms. The last two, however, tend to be given a normative slant. Most of the discussion is on legitimacy. The first section provides the conceptual background of these three terms, particularly legitimacy. The next three sections discuss in detail consequentialist legitimacy, contractarian legitimacy, and theocratic legitimacy. Max Weber's definition of authority is studied in the last section.

Keywords: compliance; consent; legitimacy; normative; conceptual background; consequentialist legitimacy; contractarian legitimacy; theocratic legitimacy; Max Weber; authority

Article.  10402 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; Political Institutions

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