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
International students as election observers in Leiden
Twenty-five young people from all over Europe have come to the Netherlands in the week of the Dutch election to act as election observers. They will l...
No evidence for mediatisation of lawmaking
The widespread idea that politics is mediatised needs to be revised. Although media attention heavily influences some political processes, this is not...
Cum laude for political science PhD Tim Mickler
22 February 2017 was very special day for the Leiden political scientist Tim Mickler. Not only did he successfully defend his dissertation on the stru...
Lecture Thomas Hammarberg
The emergence of 'illiberal democracies' and the protection of human rights in Europe.
Leiden Researchers Participate in the Fourth International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform, Washington D.C.
On 17 and 18 November 2016 the World Bank in Washington, D.C. hosted the Fourth International Conference on Legislation and Law Reform.
The world wakes up with President Trump
Should we be deeply concerned about the America of Donald Trump? Or will he bring about positive change? This was the main topic of discussion between...
Samuel Jong wins MSc Thesis Prize 2016
Samuel Jong has won the Institute of Political Science MSc Thesis Prize 2016. With ‘Bridging the Gap: Do Ideological Differences Determine Whether Cen...
The legitimacy of political power
A fair distribution of goods and services is the most important factor in justifying political power. This is the conclusion of Honorata Mazepus in h...
(Image above: The Big Leiden Presidential Breakfast, 9 november 2016. © Geerten Waling)