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Legitimation Crisis

By: Jurgen Habermas


Description

In this enormously influential book, Jurgen Habermas examines the deep tensions and crisis tendencies which underlie the development of contemporary Western societies and develops a powerful analysis of the legitimation problems faced by modern states.

Habermas argues that Western societies have succeeded to some extent in stabilizing the economic fluctuations associated with capitalism, but this has created a new range of crisis tendencies which are expressed in other spheres. States intervene in economic life and attempt to regulate markets, but they find themselves confronted by increasing and often conflicting demands. As individuals become increasingly disillusioned, the state is faced with the possibility of a mass withdrawal of loyalty or support - a 'legitimation crisis'.

Widely recognized as a classic of contemporary social and political analysis, Legitimation Crisis sheds light on a range of issues which are central to current debates, from the decline of class conflict and the disillusionment with established political institutions to the crisis of the welfare state. It remains essential reading for students of sociology, politics and the social sciences generally.

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Paperback
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9780745606095
ISBN10
0745606091
Publication Dates ROW:
Aug 1988
Publication Dates US:
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Aug 1988



Format
216 x 141 mm
8.50 x 5.55 in
Pages
192 pages

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction.

Preface.

Part I: A Social -
Scientific Concept of Crisis.

Part II: Crisis Tendencies in Advanced Capitalism.

Part III: On the Logic of Legitimation Problems.

Notes.

Index.

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