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Political Legitimacy for Our World: Where Is Political Realism Going?
Stockholm Univ, Polit Theory, Dept Polit Sci, Stockholm, Sweden..
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Politics, ISSN 0022-3816, E-ISSN 1468-2508, Vol. 80, no 2, p. 525-538Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A common denominator of recent proposals suggested by political realists has been a rather pessimistic view of what we may rightfully demand of political authorities in terms of legitimacy. In our analysis, three main justificatory strategies are utilized by realists, each supposedly generating normative premises for this low bar conclusion. These strategies make use of the concept of politics, the constitutive features of politics, and feasibility constraints, respectively. In this article, we make three claims: first, that the two justificatory strategies of utilizing the concept of politics and the constitutive features of politics fail, since they rely on implausible normative premises; second, that while the feasibility strategy relies on reasonable premises, the low bar conclusion does not follow from them; third, that relativist premises fit better with the low bar conclusion, but that this also makes the realist position less attractive and casts doubt on several of its basic assumptions.

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UNIV CHICAGO PRESS , 2018. Vol. 80, no 2, p. 525-538
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political realism, political legitimacy, Matt Sleat, Enzo Rossi, John Horton
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-228145DOI: 10.1086/694548ISI: 000429247100021OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-228145DiVA, id: diva2:1206980
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Available from: 2018-05-18 Created: 2018-05-18 Last updated: 2018-05-18Bibliographically approved

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