The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy

The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy

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by Michael J. Perry
     
 

In this new work in political and constitutional theory, Michael J. Perry elaborates and defends an account of the political morality of liberal democracy: the moral convictions and commitments that in a liberal democracy should govern decisions about what Jaws to enact and what policies to pursue. The fundamental questions addressed in this book concern (1)

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In this new work in political and constitutional theory, Michael J. Perry elaborates and defends an account of the political morality of liberal democracy: the moral convictions and commitments that in a liberal democracy should govern decisions about what Jaws to enact and what policies to pursue. The fundamental questions addressed in this book concern (1) the grounding, (2) the content, (3) the implications for one or another moral controversy, and (4) the judicial enforcement of the political morality of liberal democracy. The particular issues discussed include whether government may ban previability abortion, whether government may refuse to extend the benefit of law to same-sex couples, and what role religion should play in the politics and law of a liberal democracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521115186
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2009
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I Liberal Democracy, Human Rights, and Religious Faith

1 Liberal Democracy and Human Rights 9

2 Liberal Democracy and Religious Faith 27

Pt. II First Principles

3 The Right to Moral Equality 61

4 The Right to Religious Freedom 65

5 Beyond Religious Freedom: The Right to Moral Freedom 88

6 Religion as a Basis of Lawmaking 100

Pt. III First Principles Applied

7 Abortion 123

8 Same-Sex Unions 138

Pt. IV The Constitution of Liberal Democracy

9 Protecting Constitutionally Entrenched Rights: The Courts' - In Particular, the U.S. Supreme Court's - Proper Role 159

Conclusion: In the Matter of the Adoption of John Doe and James Doe 198

Index 205

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