Legitimacy in the Modern State

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Transaction Publishers, 01.01.1981 - 359 Seiten
This analysis of the concept of authority in Western society constitutes a central work in political sociology and a fundamental critique of the process of modernization. Schaar proposes that legitimate authority is declining in the modern state. Law and order, in a very real sense, is the basic political issue of our time -- one that conservatives have understood with greater clarity than their liberal adversaries. Schaar sees what were once authoritative institutions and ideas yielding to technological and bureaucratic orders. The later brings physical comfort and a sense of collective power, but does not provide political liberty or moral autonomy. As a result, he argues, all modern states exhibiting this transformation of authority into technology are well advanced along the path of a crisis of legitimacy.
 

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Foreword
1
Legitimacy in the Modern State
15
The Uses of Literature for the Study of Politics The Case of Melvilles Benito Cereno
53
Review of Diana Trillings We Must March My Darlings
89
The American Amnesia
99
America the Homogeneous
109
The Circles Of Watergate Hell
117
Reflections on Rawls A Theory of Justice
145
Equality of Opportunity and Beyond
193
Equality of Opportunity and the Just Society
211
And The Pursuit of Happiness
231
Insiders and Outsiders
251
Violence in Juvenile Gangs
273
The Case for Patriotism
285
Power and Purity
313
Decadence and Revitalization Reflections on the Present Condition
331

Some Ways Of Thinking About Equality
167

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