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Democratic LegitimacyImpartiality, Reflexivity, Proximity$
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Pierre Rosanvallon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001

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The Democracy of Impartiality

The Democracy of Impartiality

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(p.87) Chapter Five The Democracy of Impartiality
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Democratic Legitimacy
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Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.003.0006

This chapter asks whether independent authorities are representative in character, whether society can exert control over them, and whether they meet standards of establishment and accountability. It also considers what type of generality these independent bodies implement. These authorities are, after all, created by law and consequently enjoy what might be called a derivative legitimacy. But that legitimacy does not flow directly from the citizens of the state, because these are not elective bodies. Nevertheless, a different type of relation exists between them, having to do with the importance and quality of the services they render, though the chapter goes further to consider whether or not these independent authorities can be endowed with a certain kind of democratic legitimacy in their own right.

Keywords:   independent authorities, impartiality, generality, derivative legitimacy, democratic legitimacy

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