Summary

  • In the contemporary world, state legitimacy is closely associated with democracy.
  • Democracy has developed from a direct form of rule in which the people took the decisions themselves to an indirect form of rule in which people elect representatives to take decisions on behalf of the people.
  • Minimalist approaches to democracy define democracy as competition in elections for the right to govern. Maximalist approaches go further in requiring forms of citizen participation beyond voting.

Legitimising the state

Repairing the state