Legitimating ideology

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A legitimating ideology, a term used by sociologists C. Wright Mills and others, refers generally to any ideology which is used to legitimate the actions or policies of states.[1]

The legitimating ideology employed may or may not have an apparent connection to the substance or form of the actions or policies being legitimated by the ideology.[1] It is primarily a term used when making a critical analysis of religious institutions, and corporate and state actions and policies.

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  1. ^ a b Tyler, Tom R. (September 2005). "Introduction: Legitimating Ideologies". Social Justice Research. 18 (3): 211–215. doi:10.1007/s11211-005-6822-4. ISSN 0885-7466.