Studying political legitimacy: Findings, implications, and an uneasy question

Rudy Andeweg, Kees Aarts

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This final chapter concludes with a reflection on the findings presented in the book, the implications of these findings for politics and political science, and suggestions for a new research agenda on legitimacy. The chapter concludes that the analyses in this volume do not provide evidence of legitimacy crisis. This leaves us with a puzzle, as the belief in such a legitimacy crisis is persistent, and it has proven to be quite resistant to evidence provided by political scientists on the basis of data such as analyzed in this book. This discrepancy between current data and public discourse must also prompt us to reflect on political science research: what have we done so far in selecting our concepts, data, research strategies, and empirical domain, and what can and should be improved? The chapter concludes with suggestions for new research on legitimacy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMyth and reality of the legitimacy crisis
Subtitle of host publicationExplaining trends and cross-national differences in established democracies
EditorsCarolien van Ham, Jacques Thomassen, Kees Aarts, Rudy Andeweg
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780192512420
ISBN (Print)9780198793717
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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