What gives an administration the right to govern? When do citizens consider politics as legitimate? And what do they mean by that? 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, events and results related to the profile area.
Political Legitimacy News
Succesful workshop 'Traditions of Authority'
As part of the Leiden University ‘Profile Area’ Political Legitimacy, a number of colleagues from Political Science, History, Law, Business Administra...
Is politics boring and far removed from you?
On 22 May, the Dutch House of Representatives invited one hundred citizens to pose critical questions regarding the Ministries’ annual reports. This f...
How democratic are state secrets?
Transparency is seen as an important value for democratic government policy. Does that mean that we should do away with state secrets, such as confide...
Hans-Martien ten Napel has book published “Constitutionalism, Democracy and Religious Freedom. To Be Fully Human”
In 2014 Hans-Martien ten Napel received a Research Fellowship in Legal Studies at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, NJ. The book he wrot...
Alexandre Afonso: Can the French “Enemy of the Republic” pull off a victory?
In the second and final round of the French elections this Sunday, the French will vote for who is going to become their next president. In an article...
Johan Christensen: 'The Power of Economists within the State'
This month Johan Christensen, assistant professor at the Institute of Public Administration, published his new book: ‘The Power of Economists within t...
Partnership with Roosevelt Institute gives impetus to American Studies
It's easier to understand Trump's America if you have a sound knowledge of the country's history. Research on the US has been given an impetus with t...
‘Belief in the end of time slowed down modernisation’
In the nineteenth century many Dutch people believed in the end of time and the coming of God's thousand-year reign. This belief effectively slowed do...
(Image above: The Big Leiden Presidential Breakfast, 9 november 2016. © Geerten Waling)