Political Obligations

Political Obligations

by George Klosko
     
 

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… See more details below

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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:
05/12/2005
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Bringing the state back in17
3Alternative supply and alternative preferences60
4Political obligation and the natural duties of justice75
5Multiple principles of political obligation98
6Reformist consent and political obligation122
7Political obligation and the US Supreme Court141
8Political obligation and military service in Germany and Israel162
9Popular opinion181
10Examples and cooperation223
11Conclusions244

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