Government 2, Nov/Dec 2013  
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question 2

(a)        Explain the concept of legitimacy.
(b)        State five factors that promote legitimacy of a government.



This was another popular question and was attempted by almost all the candidates.   The performance of the candidates who answered it was good as they really understood its demands. However, some candidates did not do well in the (b) part and they scored low marks it. The candidates were expected to provide the following answers to the question:
           (a)         Legitimacy is the recognition and acceptance of the right/authority of a government and its institution by the people, to make and enforce laws.
(b)        (i)         A government popularly elected through free and fair elections;
(ii)        holding  of periodic elections;
(iii)       adherence to the provision of the constitution of the state;
(iv)       involvement and participation of the people in the management of the
affairs of the state;
(v)        responsible and responsive leadership;
(vi)       tolerance to opposing or divergent views;
(vii)      respect for the Rule of Law;
(viii)     acceptable ideology of the government;
(ix)       acceptance of the government by the international community;
(x)        respect for customs and traditions;
(xi)       adoption of acceptable policies/good government;
(xii)      charisma of the leader.

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