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Table 1 The three dimensions of legitimacy according to Beetham (Table 1.1 in[15])

From: Energy policy by beauty contests: the legitimacy of interactive sustainability policies at regional levels of the regulatory state

  Criteria of legitimacy Form of non-legitimate power
1 Conformity to rules (legal validity) Illegitimacy (breach of rules)
2 Justifiability of rules in terms of shared beliefs Legitimacy deficit (discrepancy between rules and supporting beliefs, absence of shared beliefs)
3 Legitimation through expressed consent Delegitimation (withdrawal of consent)