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Political Legitimacy: NOMOS LXI

Jack Knight and Melissa Schwartzberg


In Political Legitimacy, a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars in political science, law, and philosophy examine one of the most challenging and important concepts in contemporary politics: legitimacy. The twelve essays in this volume, the latest installment in the NOMOS series, take up fundamental philosophical questions about the appropriate scope and domain of legitimacy and the justified exercise of political power, as well as empirical questions about the structure of citizens’ beliefs about compliance and justice. The essays also speak to urgent concerns for contemporary po ... More

Keywords: legitimacy, justification, authority, coercion, consent, obedience, rule, justice

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479888696
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479888696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jack Knight, editor
Duke University

Melissa Schwartzberg, editor
New York University

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Melissa Schwartzberg

Part I Foundations of Legitimacy: Autonomy, Assent, and Obligation

Part II The Justification of Institutional Authority

Part III Beliefs about Legitimacy and Compliance

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