Book: Political Legitimacy: Realism in Political Theory and Sociology

The book examines the work of figures including Bernard Williams, Raymond Geuss, John Grey, Max Weber, and Niklas Luhmann, among others concerning the normative foundation of politics and the state. In the face of the waning influence of political idealism, I argue that the insights of political realism constitute a promising way forward, and I suggest that realist political theory would benefit from sociological insights, particularly on the nature of the state.