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Creating Political Legitimacy : Electoral Democracy Versus Quality of Government

Creating Political Legitimacy : Electoral Democracy Versus Quality of Government (pdf, 143.59 kB)
Bo Rothstein
American Behavioral Scientist 2009 ; 53 ; 311
DOI : 10.1177/0002764209338795

Creating Political Legitimacy : Electoral Democracy Versus Quality of Government (pdf, 143.59 kB)
Bo Rothstein
American Behavioral Scientist 2009 ; 53 ; 311
DOI : 10.1177/0002764209338795

It is often held that the establishment of electoral democracy is key to the creation of political legitimacy. This article challenges this idea and presents an alternative.

Many empirical studies reveal that electoral democracy has no necessary implications for the establishment of legitimacy. Even in the successful and stable Nordic democracies, there is scant evidence that legitimacy is created on the input side of the political system. For example political legitimacy in the former Yugoslavia broke down not because ethnic
groups realized they would become permanent minorities but because the new Croatian state violated citizens’ rights in the exercise of power.

Legitimacy turns out to be created, maintained, and destroyed not at the input but at the output side of the political system.

Hence, political legitimacy depends at least as much on the quality of government than on the capacity of electoral systems to create effective representation.

Publié le 17 septembre 2012

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