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Theorising political legitimisation: From stasis to processes

Dolan, Paddy, Vertigans, Stephen and Connolly, John orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-8242-0070 (2024) Theorising political legitimisation: From stasis to processes. European Journal of Social Theory, 27 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1461-7137

Legitimacy remains a key concept in political sociology, and perhaps even more so in lay understandings of political processes and structures, as evidenced by conflict over territories and regimes around the world. However, the concept suffers from a rather static representation, and even when addressed in processual form, in terms of specific moments in the process, such as conditions favouring legitimacy or its effects. Building from an Eliasian perspective, we argue for a more processual concept of legitimisation to encompass the dynamic social networks (figurations) that constitute the more unintentional context for deliberate legitimation claims. As networks expand and intensify, processes of legitimisation incorporate changing and more diverse bases for legitimacy claims, as well as a greater variety of such claims and counterclaims. As the power relations between contending groups change, legitimation practices become part of the integrating functions of the state, shaping figurations and the social habitus.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Figurations, habitus, legitimacy, power relations, social integration
Subjects:Social Sciences > Sociology
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > DCU Business School
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd
Official URL:https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1368...
Copyright Information:Authors
ID Code:30091
Deposited On:27 Jun 2024 10:21 by John Connolly . Last Modified 27 Jun 2024 10:21

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