Contemporary Vulnerabilities to Legitimacy
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Whenever any governing authority fails to maintain the trust of its constituents, it essentially invites an alternative to step into the gap. Current literature on governance and legitimacy suggests the primary common factor that ensures popular support of authority in a given geographic location is trust, a belief in the consistent application of laws or expressed social mores across the territory. Vulnerabilities to legitimacy can be difficult to identify. This is where the true complexity lies. Lessons from lost legitimacy are rife in past insurgencies or alternative governance structures, or in coups and other attacks on nation states. The key to accurately identifying and analyzing these dynamics and getting ahead of them is in having a deep understanding of the grievances of the people joining an insurgency, opposing the host nation, or supporting the alternative governance structure.