POLS 110 Lecture Notes - National Fiscal Policy Response To The Great Recession

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One’s perception of another’s power often is more important/triumphs the
actual amount of power they hold
Legitimacy translates power into rightful authority
Legitimacy belief in the rightness of the decisions; you respect that
person’s authority; and you follow instructions even if you do not garee with
them or if they are foolish
o How you determine who is able to exercise power
o Appointed authority, earned authority, exercised authority
Ex. hijackers have power without legitimacy we do not respect their
power, we do not think they are in the right. Pilot has legitimacy without
power we still respect him
The power of force is often a more important way to exercise authority than
anything else
Weber considered legal-rational authority as the most important kind as it
was based on reasoning and foundations
When is power legitimate?
Power must be exercised according to established rules to be legitimate
o Rules can be written based on precedent
o Rules must be justified by shared beliefs
o By expression of consent by governed
Do regimes manufacture legitimacy?
US military is one of the most powerful regimes
How do states make legitimacy claims?
Early society creation of myths (grand narratives) ex. Idea of importance of
choice
Imperial society societies are about conquest and expansion; the role of
religion and philosophy was dominant, had great influence
Modern society through reason, social contracts and mass persuasion
(propaganda) Mass persuasion is subtle such advertising by the government:
economic stimulus packages.
Legitimacy is always a contested term
Legitimacy has internal and external dimensions
Internal moral compass
External laws
Legitimacy can be both a feeling and an argument
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One"s perception of another"s power often is more important/triumphs the actual amount of power they hold. Ex. hijackers have power without legitimacy we do not respect their power, we do not think they are in the right. Pilot has legitimacy without power we still respect him. The power of force is often a more important way to exercise authority than anything else. Weber considered legal-rational authority as the most important kind as it was based on reasoning and foundations. Power must be exercised according to established rules to be legitimate: rules can be written based on precedent, rules must be justified by shared beliefs, by expression of consent by governed. Us military is one of the most powerful regimes. Early society creation of myths (grand narratives) ex. Imperial society societies are about conquest and expansion; the role of religion and philosophy was dominant, had great influence.

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