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Legitimacy pp 57-82 | Cite as

Governance Without Legitimacy: An Italian Conundrum of Democracy

  • Italo PardoEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Abstract

Drawing on his field research in Naples, Pardo discusses the trade of legitimacy for power. He examines ordinary Neapolitans’ mistreatment by their distrusting rulers, who, in turn, enjoy no trust or legitimacy in the broader society. Specifically, Pardo analyses how rulers’ manipulations of the law and governing by double standards raise the feeling among local people that they are treated as second-class citizens and, among other things, turn their traditional tolerance and welcoming approach to an intolerance of non-citizens. He shows how these dynamics coalesce in the de-legitimation of local institutions at grassroots level, leading to a discussion of this conundrum of democracy in the context of what threatens to become an unbridgeable chasm between the rulers and the ruled locally, as elsewhere in the West.

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