Legitimacy Crisis

Topics: Political philosophy, Communism, Political science Pages: 2 (489 words) Published: March 23, 2014

STUDENT NAME: Van Rooyen, Jihad


TUTOR: Bradford, Benjamin



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Jihad Van Rooyen
POL1004F: Introduction to Politics, Tutorial Group #11
12 March 2014
Assignment #3
Legitimacy Crisis

Revolutions result in a ubiquitous change in society. This essay ascertains themes throwing legitimacy into crisis through an evaluation of the sources of the French, Russian and Iranian revolutions. As stipulated by Max Weber in his legitimacy crisis ideals, society functions on a moral relationship between the ruler and the ruled (Hague, Harrop & Breslin, 1992:19). Non-acceptance by the ruled would result in a regime losing its legitimacy and pave way for a political break-down. This is emphasized by John Locke in the Social Contract, where he deemed that society has no moral obligation to the regime when the contract is breached (Spragens, 1997:34). Thus, legitimacy certifies political stability and must be lost before any revolution can transpire. The French Revolution was based on the constitutional and monetary crises, which lead to instability. Thus through the failure of the regime to meet demands, legitimacy was lost and a secular revolution followed (Hague, Harrop & Breslin, 1992:72). Relative deprivation was an immediate by-factor, clearly evident through the revolts...
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