The Impact of Economic Freedom on State Legitimacy

An Empirical Investigation

  • Christoph Michael Hindermann

Part of the Wirtschaft und Politik book series (WP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 211-269

About this book


Christoph Michael Hindermann uses a statistical approach to analyze the impact of economic freedom on state legitimacy. Based on multiple regression models, the author not only extracts the determinants of legitimacy but also shows that rule of law is the most important area of economic freedom for legitimacy. In addition, the results also indicate that democracies are not necessarily more legitimate than autocracies and that wealthier countries are, ceteris paribus, perceived as less legitimate. Due to the strong quantitative approach, this thesis contributes not only to the political theory of liberalism and to the field of institutional economics but also enriches the debate on how a legitimate state ought to be.


  • The Concept of Legitimacy
  • Legitimacy and its Measurement
  • The Determinants of Legitimacy
  • Economic Freedom and Legitimacy

Target Groups

  • Scholars and students of economics, political science, and sociology
  • Politicians, publicists and executives in higher service

About the Author

Christoph M. Hindermann is research associate at the institute of institutional economics and economic policy at the University of Erfurt.


Fritz Scharpf Regressions Bayesian Model Averaging Friedrich August von Hayek Input, Output und Throughput Legitimacy Determinants of Legitimacy Governance

Authors and affiliations

  • Christoph Michael Hindermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Staatswissenschaftliche FakultätUniversität ErfurtErfurtGermany

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