Legitimizing authority : American government and the promise of equality / Boris Vormann and Christian Lammert ; translated by Susan H. Gillespie.

Vormann, Boris [Browse]
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  • New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2024.
  • ©2024
xiii, 206 pages ; 24 cm.


Routledge research in American politics and governance [More in this series]
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"Legitimizing Authority places the American state apparatus back in the foreground to rethink the development of the country's government in the context of its unfulfilled promise of equality. The book argues that the tensions between calls for equality and the simultaneous tolerance of inequality, have accompanied the rise of modern mass society, and, with it, of liberal democracy. Vormann and Lammert emphasize that government has played and continues to play a decisive role in calibrating the relationship between the interior and the exterior of the nation, moving between an extractive state, a taxation state, and a welfare state over time in order to expand social access and political participation inside the national community - while tolerating conditions that continue to belie the historical promise of equality. The authors draw on a range of literatures that transcend disciplinary boundaries to reveal how exploitative practices have been accepted. They conclude that the legitimization crises of the present must be comprehended through understanding how legitimation was always maintained by a state apparatus active at multiple scales and in multiple policy fields. This interdisciplinary book is addressed to a broad audience across disciplines, including political science, political economy, political history, comparative politics, international politics, international relations, American Political Development (APD), and cultural studies"-- Provided by publisher.
Translation of: Das Versprechen der Gleichheit : Legitimation und die Grenzen der Demokratie / Christian Lammert, Boris Vormann.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Preface
  • Crises of democracy, more globally considered
  • Modern sources of legitimacy
  • Universalisms of an elite nation-building project
  • Mass democracy and the Fordist compromise
  • Maintaining the promise in the era of globalization
  • Rethinking equality for today.
  • 9781032470733
  • 1032470739 (hardcover)
  • 9781032471266 (paperback)
  • 1032471263 (paperback)
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