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The word legitimacy comes from the Latin word legitimare and it has two uses: Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in Latium, the region immediately surrounding Rome. ...

  • Legitimacy (political science) is variously defined, but refers in general to the peoples' acceptance of a law, ruling, or a regime itself as valid. This concept has also been applied to other kinds of authority, such as that of an employer hiring workers. The Marxian tradition discusses issues concerning the legitimacy of entire political-economic systems (such as capitalism).

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Democracy legitimacy is also claimed by states which reject liberal democracy, and the fact that states whose values are antithetical to liberal democracy claim democratic legitmacy causes much controversy over the meaning of the term democracy.
This form of legitimacy is related to democracy in that the justification of those constitutional procedures are agreed to be popular consent, but it may result in different results, in that constitutional procedure often require supermajorities or are intended to protect minority groups.
This form of legitimacy remains today in the form of absolute monarchy where the monarch still have effective power, and constitutional monarchy where traditional sources of legitimacy have been combine with democratic and constitutional sources of legimacy.
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