Doubts about “Democratic Legitimacy”

John Gardner
University of Oxford, UK icono mail

Received: 12-March-2018 | Accepted: 28-June-2018 | DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3346477
Article | [EN] | Analysis [Dec. 2018], Vol. 21, No. 14, pp. 1-20 | ISSN: 2386-3994 |  

How to cite this article [Copyright Notice]:
Gardner, John (2018). «Doubts about “Democratic Legitimacy”». Analysis. Claves de Pensamiento Contemporáneo 21, no. 14: pp. 1–20.


Abstract: The idea of ‘democratic legitimacy’ is central to the Eric Heinze’s book Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship. This contribution considers Heinze’s elaboration of both terms in this expression, but especially his ideas about legitimacy. Commentary on Heinze segues into wider reflections on the case for democracy and, in particular, on the implications of an defence of democracy which is based on democracy’s achievements as an instrument of good public policy. These implications are not as alarming as is sometimes thought. Nevertheless they explain a kind of double-bind in which democrats inevitably find themselves when the going gets rough (as it has in the last few years in Europe and the US). Heinze’s appeal to democratic legitimacy underestimates, or at least understates, the legitimacy-problems that face us now.

Key Words: Democracy; Legitimacy; Perspective; Rules; Elections.

Dudas sobre la “legitimidad democrática”

Resumen: La idea de la “legitimidad democrática” es fundamental para el libro Hate Speech and Democratic Citizenship de Eric Heinze. Esta contribución considera la elaboración de Heinze de ambos términos en esta expresión, pero especialmente sus ideas sobre la legitimidad. El comentario sobre Heinze se refleja en reflexiones más amplias sobre el caso por la democracia y, en particular, sobre las implicaciones de una defensa de la democracia que se basa en los logros de la democracia como un instrumento de buena política pública. Estas implicaciones no son tan alarmantes como a veces se piensa. Sin embargo, explican una especie de doble vínculo en el que los demócratas se encuentran inevitablemente cuando las cosas se ponen difíciles (como ha ocurrido en los últimos años en Europa y los Estados Unidos). La apelación de Heinze a la legitimidad democrática subestima, o al menos subestima, los problemas de legitimidad que enfrentamos ahora.

Palabras Clave: Democracia; Legitimidad; Perspectiva; Reglas; Elecciones.


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