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 the future of Orbán in Europe
It has been crackling within the European People's Party (EPP) for months, but is it also going to explode? Michiel Luining, lecturer at the Institute...
Michiel Luining about the Hungarian riot and European democracy
The conflict between the Hungarian Prime Minister Orbán and his party Fidesz, on the one hand, the other parties within the European People's Party (E...
How Leiden University celebrated its first day in 1575
Lifelike gods, provisional professors and the city militia with weapons a clanking. Leiden put on a colourful procession and drummed up hundreds of ci...
Kutsal Yesilkagit on the recommendations of the Remkes Commission
Urgent sociatal challenges such as global warming, international security and migration can not be solved by national parliaments. The House of Repres...
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...
Bastiaan Rijpkema publishes Militant Democracy: The Limits of Democratic Tolerance with Routledge
The English edition of Rijpkema’s Weerbare democratie is published in Routledge’s Extremism and Democracy series, one of the leading series in the fie...
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...
(Image above: The Big Leiden Presidential Breakfast, 9 november 2016. © Geerten Waling)