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Contestability and Legitimacy: The Case for Contestability as Political Legitimization in the Presence of Problematic Contracts
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Kontestering och Legitimering : Ett argument för politisk legitimering genom kontestering i närvaron av problematiska kontrakt (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In this essay, I discuss the merits of contestability in contrast with consent as a meansof legitimizing the state. Particularly I have been concerned with problematiccontracts: Contracts with undefined obligations and their implications on thelegitimacy of voluntarist consent. Through my argumentation, I have shown thatvoluntarist consent to political mandates has a hard time legitimizing politicalauthority in the presence of problematic contracts – and instead, that legitimationbased on the the ability to contest decisions may provide a better degree of politicallegitimacy. Contestability can seemingly also be combined with elements of voluntaristconsent to further cement the legitimacy of decisions.

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2019. , p. 33
Keywords [en]
Contestability, Consent, Voluntarism, Political Theory, Legitimization, Problematic Contracts
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163361OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163361DiVA, id: diva2:1351716
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Philosophy
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Philosophy and Social Analysis
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Available from: 2019-09-16 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

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