What gives an administration the right to govern? When do citizens consider politics as legitimate? What is the history of modern democracy? Hundreds of scholars from Leiden University are researching topics related to "political legitimacy" in six different institutes and four faculties. They collaborate in the interdisciplinary profile area Political Legitimacy, including three research projects that are funded by it. This website brings all news and events related to the profile area.
Political Legitimacy News
Michiel Luining on European 'Dictator' Viktor Orbán
Furious protesters in Budapest and other Hungarian cities demand the departure of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The reason for the large-scale protests...
Afshin Ellian and Bastiaan Rijpkema publish new volume on Militant Democracy with Springer
How can party bans be justified? Which parties were banned in post-war Europe – and why? Do militant democracy instruments work? Is an international m...
Midterm elections: surprising results, or not so much?
In the midterm elections in the United States on 6 November, the Democrats won the majority in the House of Representatives, thus regaining control of...
Tom Louwerse awarded ORA grant for political representation research
Political scientist Tom Louwerse (Leiden University) and a team of international researchers have been awarded a NWO ORA grant. They are going to inve...
The first edition of the ILS Lunch Seminars 2018-2019 in retrospect
On Thursday 13 September 2018, the first ILS Lunch Seminar of this academic year took place. Geerten Waling and Michael Klos kicked off the ILS Lunch ...
27 September: Lecture Adam Zamoyski - What were the Napoleonic Wars really about?
What were the Napoleonic Wars really about? This was the central problem posed to Europe by the partitions of Poland and the disintegration of the Hol...
Rebekah Tromble to lead Twitter-funded research team on online discussions
In the context of growing political polarisation, the spread of misinformation, and increases in incivility and intolerance, how can Twitter assess an...
Making Facebook data available to researchers
Political scientist Rebekah Tromble (Leiden University) has been appointed as an academic advisor to the Social Science One research commission. She w...
(Image above: The Big Leiden Presidential Breakfast, 9 november 2016. © Geerten Waling)