Siinviidatu leidis oma koha peamiselt lootuses, et see tekst võiks ärgitada lugejaid mõtlema mitte ainult legitiimsuse, vaid paljude teiste igapäevakasutuses olevate mõistete, terminite, kontseptsioonide peale veidi analüütilisemalt. Teksti on väga nauditav lugeda. Autor juhatab keerulises valdkonnas lugejat sammhaaval ning selliselt demonstreerib lisaks legitiimsuse tähendusvälja avamisele ka analüütilise raamistiku asjakohasust. Väga õpetlik. Kasulik oleks lugemiseks aega varuda, kuid see tasub ennast ära.

Kontekstiks:

In contemporary social scientific research, legitimacy is an indeterminate conceptwidely used, but empirically nebulous. Legitimacy is central to research on institutions (DiMaggio and Powell 1983), law (Stryker 1994), mobilization (Walker and McCarthy 2010), politics (Beetham [1991] 2013), crime (Bradford, Jackson, and Hough 2013), stratification (Jost and Major 2001), and many other phenomena.

Legitiimsuse levinud indikaatorid:

Legitimacy is routinely assessed using divergent indicators, including (among other things) measures of acceptance, obedience, support, and compliance with rules or norms (Jackson 2018; Risse and Stollenwerk 2018; Suchman 1995).

Autor seab eesmärgi:

The purpose of this article is to render legitimacy determinate. Resolving indeterminacy requires clarifying a concept’s definitional properties and identifying how these properties can be empirically traced (see Ermakoff 2015, 2017).

Mida tähendab operatsionaliseerima?

I use the term operationalization to refer to the process of defining criteria for empirically measuring abstract constructs.

Täpsustus analüüsiüksusest:

I address the question: what unit of analysis can simultaneously account for the three empirical elements (an object, an audience, and a set of social expectations) that are necessary for legitimacy without privileging one over the others?

Komponentidest:

To measure legitimacy, we need to identify the components of the dyad (object, audience, expectations). Once the unit of analysis is clearly specified, we must then establish that the three necessary conditions are met.

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

The extent to which legitimacy influences an outcome for the object—such as a company’s stock prices, funding for the police, or the persistence of status hierarchies—is entirely dependent on the extent to which the nodes in a particular dyad are capable of influencing those outcomes.

Schoon, E. W. (2022). Operationalizing Legitimacy. American Sociological Review, 87(3), 478–503. https://doi.org/10.1177/00031224221081379