'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.' - Bruce Gilley, Portland State University, USA 'No better analysis exists of the factors that combine to render power being seen as rightful. 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.' - Steven Lukes, New York University, USA
David Beetham is Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Leeds, UK.
Preface to the 2nd edition Preface to the 1st edition Introduction PART I: THE CRITERIA FOR LEGITIMACY 1. Towards a Social-Scientific Concept of Legitimacy 2. Power and its need of Legitimation 3. The Intellectual Structure of Legitimacy 4. Social Science and the Social Construction of Legitimacy PART II: LEGITIMACY IN THE MODERN STATE 5. Dimensions of State Legitimacy 6. Crisis Tendencies of Political Systems 7. Modes of Non-Legitimate Power 8. Legitimacy in Political Science and Political Philosophy 9. The Legitimation of Power in the 21st Century PART III: LEGITIMACY IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY 10. Legitimacy Within the State 11. Legitimacy Beyond the State.