6.3 Political Legitimacy
Political legitimacy depends upon the structure of the political system and the performance of the politicians within that.
people don’t choose authoritarian leaders but they might accept them
democracies are seen as legitimate, but they have inherent weaknesses
politicians need to be responsive, truthful, capable, and accountable
they are the face of their teams and are responsible for their performance
how to assess a government’s ability to command support
external threats unite a country, making its leader popular for a time
human rights are a test of legitimacy; they may be in a constitution
there is no ideal political system: all have weaknesses
low voter turnout and protests indicate disillusion with politics
The pressures on politicians from the population, from businesses, from interest groups and from the media are the subject of the next segment.