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Bush v. GoreThe Question of Legitimacy$
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Bruce Ackerman

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300093797

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300093797.001.0001

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Legitimacy and the 2000 Election

Legitimacy and the 2000 Election

(p.210) 13 Legitimacy and the 2000 Election
Bush v. Gore

Jack M. Balkin

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that the politics of the next four years will be shaped by doubts about the legitimacy of the 2000 election. There has been, and will continue to be, an ongoing dispute over the meaning of these events and the legitimacy of the Bush presidency. That dispute, in turn, will be shaped by how well the political parties handle the crises, difficulties, and opportunities of the next several years. By themselves the September 11 terrorist attacks do not decide the eventual verdict—they merely help define the terrain in which the dispute over legitimacy will be played out.

Keywords:   2000 presidential elections, Bush presidency, political parties, legitimacy

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