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How does a government become legitimate?

•    Elections: Labour claimed a mandate (a right to implement policy proposals) when it won the 1997 election with a large majority. The Conservative Party did not win a majority in 2010, and so could only become a legitimate government by forming a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Yet a coalition is not something that anyone voted for, so its legitimacy was called into question. 
•    Increasing use of referendums: Referendums are a form of finding out what the public wants and involving them in the decision. The rejection of Scottish independence is seen as legitimate because there was a referendum on this issue in 2014, whereby 55% of Scottish voters opted to stay as part of the UK.  
•    Consultations: Governments issue “green papers” where interested parties submit proposals on policy. The decision to allow the construction of a new Tesco is Streatham was accepted because local people had a say on the things Tesco had to do for the community (i.e. build a new ice rink)
•    Persuasion through media: Gordon Brown convinced the public that it was necessary for the government to take over Northern Rock in 2007, in order to avoid a crisis in the financial sector. NHS reform was not explicitly stated in the Conservative manifesto in 2010, hence the controversy surrounding the Health and Social Care bill, which allows private companies to perform operations with public money. 


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