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Though definitions vary, it involves an acceptance or support for an organization or regime, lending it credence.

(Suzanne Lawrence, SFU Public Policy Class of 2010)


According to Jody Freeman, it is when the public accepts decisions without having to be coerced (Freeman 1999), or as Rob Baldwin puts it, the legitimacy of an administrative process can be seen in terms of the persuasive power of the arguments made in its favour (Baldwin 1995).”


Freeman, Jody. 1999. "The Real Democracy Problem in Administrative Law." in Recrafting the Rule of Law: The Limits of Legal Order, edited by David Dyzenhaus, 331-370. Oxford and Portland, OR: Hart, p. 331.

Baldwin, Robert. 1995. Rules and Government. Oxford: Clarendon Press.


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