6.3 Political Systems, Performance and Legitimacy

6.3.1  Authoritarianism

people don’t choose authoritarian leaders but might accept them

6.3.2  Democracy

democracies are seen as legitimate, but they have inherent weaknesses

6.3.3  Public Trust in Politicians

politicians should be responsive, truthful, capable, and accountable

6.3.4  Political Leaders

leadership responsibilities, popular leaders, personality politics

6.3.5  Legitimacy of Political Systems

how the legitimacy of governance can be assessed

6.3.6  Uniting Against a Perceived Threat

external threats unite a country, making its leader popular for a time

6.3.7  Political Legitimacy as Measured by Human Rights

human rights are a test of legitimacy; they may be in a constitution

6.3.8  The Ideal Political System?

there is no ideal political system: all have weaknesses

6.3.9  Disillusion with Politicians

low voter turnout and protests indicate disillusion with politics



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