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Nature of Democarcy

Unit 1.1 Edexcel AS Politics

What does Legitimacy mean? The 'right to govern' and to 'make laws' which will be enforced and are likely to be obeyed by people.
How is legitimacy measured? By teh degree to which a bodyn or government can be justified in exercising power.
What does Power refer to? The ability of an indvidiual or a body to force others to do something they might otherwise not do. Power is mormally said to have three levels: coercion, poltical power and inflencial power.
How could the UK government be argued that it lack s legitimacy? The British Government lacks legitmacy as it often receives a minority of the national vote. The 2010 Coalition
Created by: CEFR-German