Political Legitimacy Under the Sociology of Law: Based on the Evolution of Political Legitimacy in the West

Xiaorui WANG


The concept of legitimacy changes with time and locations. This article concludes that the political legitimacy under the sociology of law is consistent with the degree of social equality and justice behind the scene by comparing the political legitimacy under the sociology of law during the time of German scholar Max Weber and American scholars Seymour Lipset and John Rawls. Through comparisons between the industrial and post-industrial societies, it is found that the interpretation of political legitimacy is heavily based on the needs of social development at that time, evolving from the legitimacy of individual actions, procedural legitimacy, and lastly, substantive legitimacy.


Political legitimacy; Validity; Legal authorization; Equality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11790


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