Political Obligations

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Political Obligations provides a full defence of a theory of political obligation based on the principle of fairness (or fair play), which is widely viewed as the strongest theory of obligation currently available. The work responds to the most important objections to the principle of fairness, and extends a theory based on fairness into a developed 'multiple principle' theory of obligation. In order to establish the need for such a theory, Political Obligations criticizes alternative theories of obligation based on a natural duty of justice and 'reformist' consent, and critically examines the non-state theories of libertarian and philosophical anarchists. The work breaks new ground by providing the first in-depth study of popular attitudes towards political obligations and how the state itself views them. The attitudes of ordinary citizens are explored through small focus groups, while the 'self image of the state' in regard to the obligations of its citizens is studied through examination of judicial decisions in three different democratic countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199256204
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Bringing the state back in 17
3 Alternative supply and alternative preferences 60
4 Political obligation and the natural duties of justice 75
5 Multiple principles of political obligation 98
6 Reformist consent and political obligation 122
7 Political obligation and the US Supreme Court 141
8 Political obligation and military service in Germany and Israel 162
9 Popular opinion 181
10 Examples and cooperation 223
11 Conclusions 244
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