Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. The Criteria for Legitimacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Beetham
      Pages 42-63
    3. David Beetham
      Pages 64-99
    4. David Beetham
      Pages 100-114
  3. Legitimacy in the Contemporary State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. David Beetham
      Pages 117-160
    3. David Beetham
      Pages 161-204
    4. David Beetham
      Pages 205-242
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 251-267

About this book


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


political science political theory social science

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