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Democratic Legitimacy: Impartiality, Reflexivity, Proximity

Pierre Rosanvallon


It's a commonplace occurrence that citizens in Western democracies are disaffected with their political leaders and traditional democratic institutions. But this book argues that this crisis of confidence is partly a crisis of understanding. The book makes the case that the sources of democratic legitimacy have shifted and multiplied over the past thirty years and that we need to comprehend and make better use of these new sources of legitimacy in order to strengthen our political self-belief and commitment to democracy. Drawing on examples from France and the United States, the book notes tha ... More

Keywords: Western democracy, political leaders, democratic institution, democratic legitimacy, independent commissions, impartiality, reflexivity, democratic authority

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149486
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre Rosanvallon, author