Political Acceptance as an Alternative or Complement to Political Legitimacy: Concept, Measurement and Implications
Roger R. Betancourt and Alejandro Ponce ,
Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics

In this brief paper we introduce a rigorous definition of political acceptance that we offer as an alternative or complement to the long standing concept of political legitimacy relied upon in political science. It has four important features: it is a positive not a normative concept; it is an encompassing concept; it is capable of direct measurement with survey data; and it has a stock or reservoir of goodwill feature that allows differentiation between political acceptance of a system and of a regime.

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