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Alan Cromartie

legitimate . A given command has legitimacy to the extent that it secures willing obedience even where it conflicts with the obvious interests of those commanded. The best known modern treatment of the concept is in the later writings of the great sociologist Max Weber (1864–1920). Weber approached legitimacy as a subcategory of ‘domination’, by which he meant ‘the probability that certain specific commands (or all

in Political concepts
Allyn Fives

6 Normative legitimacy In what way can we evaluate the normative legitimacy of parents’ power? What makes some power relations and some exercises of power legitimate and others illegitimate? Throughout the earlier chapters of this book I drew attention to the possibility of moral conflict. I argued that there is no sufficiently strong reason to accept, as a general rule or principle, that one moral claim is more fundamental than all others, and that, when they are in conflict, should be given priority over those other claims. The same holds for the normative

in Evaluating parental power
Naomi Head

legality. Declared ‘illegal but legitimate’ by the Independent International Commission on Kosovo (IICK) in 2000, serious questions emerge over the nature of legitimacy in IR. As once remarked upon by Martin Wight, international legitimacy is both ‘elusive and nebulous’. 2 Nowhere was this clearer than over NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in March

in Justifying violence
Neal Curtis

1 Legitimacy and the Good In his introduction to the superhero genre, entitled Superman on the Couch, Danny Fingeroth notes how ‘the superhero – more than even the ordinary fictional hero – has to represent the values of the society that produces him. This means that what, say, Superman symbolises changes over time. In the 1950s, he may be hunting Commies. In the 1970s, he may have been clearing a framed peace activist against a corrupt judicial system’ (2005: 17). Aside from these cultural variations in which superheroes respond to ‘external’ changes in social

in Sovereignty and superheroes
Marisa McGlinchey

Introduction: political status Throughout Irish history, terminology has played a significant role in ‘defining’ those who fall beyond the status quo. The concept of political legitimacy (and where it derives from) has remained a dominant theme throughout Irish republicanism. Contested narratives within the republican family have predominantly revolved around the issue of ‘legitimacy’ and who constitutes the legitimate Republican Movement. Historical determinism is a constant throughout radical republicanism, as evidenced by assertions from republican

in Unfinished business
The boundaries of the ‘world of crime’ in São Paulo
Gabriel Feltran

2 Legitimacy in dispute: the boundaries of the ‘world of crime’ in São Paulo It is not possible to trace the boundaries of the ‘world of crime’ in relation to the broader social fabric without also examining the relations between this ‘world’ and social spheres considered legitimate, such as work, family, religion and so on. No boundary establishes a watertight division between two domains; rather, what any boundary seeks is to regulate the terms of the relationship, the flows (of people, goods, discourse, etc.) between them. A boundary, therefore, denotes a

in The entangled city
Liberating human agency from liberal legal form
Darrow Schecter

IN chapter 1 it is argued that attempts to institutionalise some essential notion of the truth or political legitimacy are likely to reproduce authoritarian dogma in epistemological inquiry and in politics. It is also suggested that the liberal tradition from Kant to the present is the most consistent in remaining sensitive to the link between non-dogmatic epistemology and non

in Beyond hegemony
Sarah Birch

M1546 - BIRCH TXT.qxp:ANDY Q7 27/10/08 11:31 Page 99 6 Compulsory voting, electoral integrity and democratic legitimacy Chapter 5 confirmed the well-established tendency of mandatory voting regimes to increase rates of electoral participation, but the ‘amount’ of participation is not necessarily the only relevant aspect of voting in a democracy. It is also of interest to consider the impact of compulsory voting on the meaningfulness of the electoral process. This is because in a modern democracy any proposed innovation to increase electoral participation

in Full participation
Kris Brown

This chapter examines Irish republican uses of commemoration, and will show how, in utilising public memory, mainstream republicans associated with Sinn Féin are engaging in a diligent fostering of political legitimacy and continuity. In a post-conflict setting, this has been of particular importance both in deflecting political attacks and maintaining cohesion within their own political ranks. Through the ‘Troubles’, Irish republicans espoused revolutionary, separatist goals and were prepared to sanction the use of force

in Troubles of the past?
Darrow Schecter

and legitimacy except in terms of apology and ideology. There is also a paradox implied by the second strand, since a condition of knowledge (reconciliation) is put forward as a result of the knowledge process (reconciliation) 1 . Restating this problem, which is sometimes referred to in philosophy as the hermeneutic circle, helps clarify the relation between epistemology and politics that is insistently pursued throughout

in Beyond hegemony