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date: 19 August 2019

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This article discusses compliance, consent, and legitimacy, which can all be used as strictly descriptive and positive terms. The last two, however, tend to be given a normative slant. Most of the discussion is on legitimacy. The first section provides the conceptual background of these three terms, particularly legitimacy. The next three sections discuss in detail consequentialist legitimacy, contractarian legitimacy, and theocratic legitimacy. Max Weber's definition of authority is studied in the last section.

Keywords: compliance, consent, legitimacy, normative, conceptual background, consequentialist legitimacy, contractarian legitimacy, theocratic legitimacy, Max Weber, authority

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