Legitimacy in the Modern State John H. Schaar

ISBN: 9780878553372

Published: 1981

Hardcover

368 pages


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Legitimacy in the Modern State  by  John H. Schaar

Legitimacy in the Modern State by John H. Schaar
1981 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 368 pages | ISBN: 9780878553372 | 3.74 Mb

Legitimacy in the Modern State takes its title from the first essay in the volume and represents a fundamental analysis of the concept of authority in Western society. This analysis of the concept of authority in Western society constitutes a centralMoreLegitimacy in the Modern State takes its title from the first essay in the volume and represents a fundamental analysis of the concept of authority in Western society.

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. What were once authoritative institutions and ideas yield to technological and bureaucratic order. The latter brings physical comfort and a sense of collective power, but does not provide political liberty or moral autonomy.

As a result, all modern states exhibiting this transformation of authority into technology are well advanced along the path of a crisis of legitimacy.The unifying premise behind Schaars work is that events, institutions, and moral ideas taken together constitute modernity, and have virtually driven meaningful authority and leadership from society, replacing it with bureaucratic coordinates, automatic control, and an advertising-made charisma.Schaar also believes that the reasons why this crisis in legitimacy has not been properly perceived is in part attributable to the social sciences themselves, comprising as they do part of the metaphor of technology.



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