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Legitimacy without Liberalism: A Defense of Max Weber’s Standard of Political Legitimacy

Greene, AR; (2017) Legitimacy without Liberalism: A Defense of Max Weber’s Standard of Political Legitimacy. Analyse & Kritik , 39 (2) pp. 295-324. 10.1515/auk-2017-0017. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper I defend Max Weber's concept of political legitimacy as a standard for the moral evaluation of states. On this view, a state is legitimate when its subjects regard it as having a valid claim to exercise power and authority. Weber’s analysis of legitimacy is often assumed to be merely descriptive, but I argue that Weberian legitimacy has moral significance because it indicates that political stability has been secured on the basis of civic alignment. Stability on this basis enables all the goods of peaceful cooperation with minimal state violence and intimidation, thereby guarding against alienation and tyranny. Furthermore, I argue, since Weberian legitimacy is empirically measurable in terms that avoid controversial value judgments, its adoption would bridge a longstanding divide between philosophers and social scientists

Type: Article
Title: Legitimacy without Liberalism: A Defense of Max Weber’s Standard of Political Legitimacy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1515/auk-2017-0017
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/auk-2017-0017
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Philosophy
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10040262
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