Legitimacy, political organization, and communication

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This chapter will address the question of public legitimacy in connection to the communication of political governed organizations (PGOs). My point of departure is that legitimacy in the public sphere is a central purpose in the communicative effort of any political governed organization. Overall, the paper takes an institutional approach to the subject and aims to clarify the institutional modes and forms PGOs are embedded in connection to the public sphere, as well as how these forms and modes transform in the public sphere. I will not only address the institutional form and modes but also the agency and strategic ability to influence the challenge of public legitimacy.
Translated title of the contributionLegitimitet, politiske organisationer og kommunikation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Business Legitimacy : Responsibility, Ethics and Society
EditorsJacob Dahl Rendtorff
Number of pages19
Place of PublicationCham
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-14621-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-14622-1
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Political communication
  • Political organization
  • Strategy
  • Phronesis
  • Public affairs

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