legitimacy


legitimacy
   Closely related to authority, legitimacy refers in general to the people’s acceptance of a law, ruling or regime itself as valid. The term is usually used in relation to an entire system of government, whereas authority often refers to a specific position. Legitimacy refers to whether people accept the validity of the system, or sometimes of an act of Parliament. If the authority of a government is generally accepted by those who are governed, then we describe the regime as being legitimate. Legitimate rule implies some justification for the exercise of rule and power, such as the general consent of the governed, as expressed in popular elections. Those who are governed accept the right of the rulers to make decisions.

Glossary of UK Government and Politics . 2013.

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