The study Legitimacy, Authority and Ideology is the result of the author's years of dealing with these phenomena and consists two parts. The first part deals with key concepts – authority, power, ideology and the concept of legitimacy (and changing the basis of legitimacy throughout history). Weber's understanding of legitimacy is thematized, but also the understandings of a number of prominent theorists who, in a way, symbolize post-Weberian understandings of legitimacy. The second part of the study presents the problem of the legitimacy of empirical political orders: liberal-democratic, Nazi in Germany, Stalinist/socialist orders and, finally, post-socialist, as well as the way in which they received mass support from citizens. The study pays due attention to the legitimation problems of the political orders created by the disintegration of socialist Yugoslavia, primarily Croatia and Serbia.

The topics of this work are also relevant in the light of the liberal democracy crisis and populism that it is forced to face, so it will, given the relevance of the topics it deals with, interest not only experts but also the general public.

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Dr. sc. Robert Blažević is a tenured professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka. His research and teaching areas are primarily sociology of politics and public administration. He teaches the course Administrative Science and a number of other related subjects at the Faculty of Law in Rijeka. He was the President of the Council and Vice Dean for Scientific Research at the Faculty of Law in Rijeka. He founded the Administrative Study of the Polytechnic of Rijeka and from 1998 to 1999 he was v. d. head of studies. He is a member of the Institute of Public Administration in Zagreb and a full member of the Croatian Academy of Legal Sciences. He has published a large number of books, scientific and professional papers. His most important books are: Political Rule (1988), Political Orders and Legitimacy (1995), Administrative Science (several editions), Charisma. Political Power and Charismatic Persons (2006), Legitimacy of Political Orders (2010) and Stigma and Charisma (2017). He is the co-author of the book Local Self-Government (2020).


  • ISBN: 978-953-8075-79-7
  • Dimensions: 170x240 mm
  • Number of pages: 332
  • Cover: paperback
  • Year of the edition: 2020

„The book Legitimacy, Authority and Ideology in an innovative way connects the theoretical reconstruction of the sociological theory of legitimacy with the analysis of contemporary problems of legitimacy of different types of order. That is why the first part of the book deals with concepts such as power, authority and ideology that are key to the analysis of legitimacy, as well as the very concept of legitimacy and changing the basis of legitimacy throughout history. Based on such a reconstruction, the second part of the book presents the problem of the legitimacy of empirical political orders: liberal-democratic, Nazi order in Germany, Stalinist, socialist and post-socialist, focusing especially on the political order in Croatia and Serbia.“

prof. dr. sc. Slaven Ravlić


„Robert Blažević has repeatedly dealt with the phenomenon of the legitimacy of political institutions and orders in his scientific research, and especially the phenomenon of the charismatic form of legitimacy. There is a lack of systematic discussions on the problems of legitimacy, power and ideology in the Croatian legal and political science literature, so this book by Blažević is a valuable contribution. The themes of the work are particularly relevant given the current phenomena of the crisis of liberal representative democracy and the populist challenges it faces. The book will be interesting to the general public, to all who are interested in understanding current political phenomena.“

prof. dr. sc. Nenad Zakošek