In other words, merely following procedure doesn’t give legitimacy to decisions. Election is not an end itself. It’s only a way to simplify the process. Legitimacy is over and about elections.
Disagree. You are conflating definitions.

Agree. I said that legitimacy is a core concern for politics. And that definitely does not mean that electoral majority is the only manifestation of political legitimacy.

Max Weber talks about the three sources of legitimate authority: legal, traditional, charismatic.

I would classify electoral majority as only a subset of legitimacy through legal means. Politics can be —and is—played on the other two sources of authority as well.

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