Episode 8: Legitimacy

Episode 8: Legitimacy

In this episode, Dr. Tessa Diphoorn and Dr. Brianne McGonigle Leyh discuss the concept of ‘Legitimacy together with Dr. Amy Nivette and Dr. Niels Terpstra MA. Amy Nivette is Assistant Professor at the Sociology Department at Utrecht University. She is specialized in the areas of violence & crime and is particularly interested in police legitimacy. Niels Terpstra is Assistant Professor at the Utrecht University School of Governance and a policy advisor at USG Consultancy. His research focuses on questions of governance, legitimacy, security, various forms of violence, insurgency, terrorism, and international relations.

In this episode they examine the concept of ‘legitimacy’ and how it has developed over time. The hosts discuss how they respectively use the concept of legitimacy and whether there are differences/similarities in their approach.

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Literature list and further reading

Bal, Mieke and Marx-MacDonald, Sherry. 2002. Travelling Concepts in the Humanities: A Rough Guide, University of Toronto Press.

Baer, Susanne. 2013. ‘Traveling Concepts: Substantive Equality on the Road’, 46 Tulsa Law Review 59.

Beetham, David. 2013. The Legitimation of Power, Macmillan Education UK.

Bell, Monica. 2016. ‘Situational Trust: How Disadvantaged Mothers Reconceive Legal Cynicism’, Law & Society Review 50 (2): 314-347.

Koenig, Sarah. 2014. Serial. Podcast.

Netflix. 2020. The Innocence Files. Documentary Series.

Terpstra, Niels. 2021. ‘Rebel Governance and Legitimacy in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka’, Utrecht University, Dissertation.

Tyler, Tom. 2001. ‘A psychological perspective on the legitimacy of institutions and authorities.’ In The psychology of legitimacy: Emerging perspectives on ideology, justice, and intergroup relations, ed. by J. Tost and B. Major. Cambridge University Press, pp. 416-436.

Weber, Max. 1978. Economy and Society: An Outline of Interpretive Sociology, CA: University of California Press.