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Legitimation: Legitimation is the process of making something acceptable and justified. It can be used to describe the process of making a law, institution, or individual legitimate in the eyes of society, an individual or a group. See also Legitimacy, Legislation, Laws, Law, Rights, Society, Community, State, Justice.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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Michael Walzer on Legitimation - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 293
Legitimation/Walzer/Brown: Walzer assumes that regimes are legitimate unless their populations have delegitimated them by resorting to open revolt, but while giving the state the benefit of the doubt in this way may be sensible practice in an international order based on sovereign states, it is more difficult to see it as normatively compelling.
, >Justification, >Society.
Freedom/democracy/Mill: Walzer's position on this matter is similar to that of John Stuart Mill (2002), who argued that freedom could not be given to a people, only taken by them, but the techniques of control available to modern tyrants are rather more effective than in Mill's day and the suppression of popular discontent by the security forces easier.
>Freedom, >Democracy, J.St. Mill.
Brown: Walzer's position makes sense on the assumption that once the people have reached a settled adverse verdict on a regime, the security forces will step aside, which seems unduly optimistic.

1. Mill, J. S. (2002) 'A few words on non-intervention'. In C. Brown, T. Nardin and N. Rengger, eds, International Relations in Political Thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Brown, Chris 2004. „Political Theory and International Relations“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004

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