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9/14/06 LEGITIMACY & AUTHORITY Def:  Legitimacy is the belief that structures, decisions, officials, or leaders possess the  quality of "rightness," or moral goodness, and therefore their commands should be  accepted because of this quality-- regardless of the specific content of the called for acts. 3 Forms of Authority – Max Weber 1) Rational-legal a. Rests on belief and procedures by which rulers are selected and decisions  are reached b. Legitimacy rests on selected set of procedures (legitimacy = procedures  procedural authority) c. Authority is constrained by explicit rules d. Violations of procedure mean loss of legitimacy e. Problem: rules cannot encompass/be right for every situation 2) Traditional a. Legitimacy= social status + custom b. Authority exercised as a personal prerogative i. custom sets broad parameters for the exercise of power
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Unformatted text preview: ii. if authority exercises power outside of custom, loses legitimacy c. Bond between ruler and ruled characterized by mutual loyalty and diffuse reciprocity i. Diffuse reciprocity: when there is dissatisfaction, but there’s no coup de tat still support d. Ex: medieval culture – serfs = laborers, aristocrats = rulers. Through birth, indiv. occupied certain position that pre-ordained political legitimacy. e. Patrimonial Administration; Patron Client Ties *****Godfather example – deterred from legal system moves to traditional sys for loyalty and to get what is desired 3) Charismatic Patron Client / Client / Client / Client / Client / Client / Client Client Client Client Client Client Client loyalty obligation s obligations Patron Patron Patron Patron Patron Patron...
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