Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 194101070
Public Governance and Legitimacy
Course infoSchedule
Course module194101070
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M. Rosema
Contactperson for the course
dr. M. Rosema
dr. M. Rosema
prof.dr. R. Torenvlied
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
This course focuses on the functioning of systems of governance in terms of their legitimacy. At the end of the course, students should have reached insight about the meaning and measurement of legitimacy, its relevance for the exercise of power, and the causes and effects of (lack of) legitimacy. It will become clear that legitimacy can be conceptualised in at least two different ways. First, as the extent to which a particular system of governance meets the basic normative principles of governance. In order to assess this, one needs to be familiar with basic democratic principles such as authorisation and accountability. Second, legitimacy can be viewed as the extent to which citizens identify with the political community and support its authorities, policies, and political institutions. This can be examined on the basis of empirical research, such as survey questionnaires, which assesses these attitudes. In this course both approaches to legitimacy will be studied. This will be done in relation to traditional as well as new modes of governance, and at three different levels of governance: the local, national, and European level. Special attention will be paid to the potential role of modern technology in measuring legitimacy and related concepts, for example using big data from social media. Another key theme concerns the legitimacy of forms of governance that employ specific technological developments, such as algorithmic governance. At the heart of the course are weekly seminar meetings. In order to prepare for these meetings, students have to complete several individual and group assignments, such as giving oral presentations and writing memo’s or essays on the basis of prescribed and self-selected readings. Furthermore, students are expected to actively participate in class discussions.
Participating study
Master Public Administration
Participating study
Master Teacher in Society Studies
Required materials
Recommended materials
Course material
A reading list will be provided on Canvas at the start of the course. This literature is available in or via the university library (online and/or in print).
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


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