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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 Legitimacy of Identification with Generality

The Legitimacy of Identification with Generality

(p.33) Chapter Two The Legitimacy of Identification with Generality
Democratic Legitimacy

Pierre Rosanvallon

, Arthur Goldhammer
Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to an approach that was at once more modest and more effective in countering the dysfunctions of the electoral-representative system and its unrequited need for legitimacy than the concept of unanimity—the bureaucracy. The idea of the bureaucracy was to create an institution capable of embodying the general interest. Thus, the chapter traces the development of the government bureaucracy through the emergence of a corporatism of the universal and through the constitution of an objective administrative power not subject to any particular influence and absolutely identified with its task. The chapter studies both to reveal how precisely they can be useful instruments for legitimation and for serving the general interest.

Keywords:   bureaucracy, bureaucracies, general interest, corporatism, rational administration, generality

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