Political Obligations by George Klosko

Political Obligations

byGeorge Klosko

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Political Obligations provides a full defense 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 offairness, 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, andcritically 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 throughsmall 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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George Klosko is Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia.
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Title:Political ObligationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551049

ISBN - 13:9780199551040

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Bringing the State Back In3. Alternative Supply and Alternative Preferences4. Political Obligation and the Natural Duties of Justice5. Multiple Principles of Political Obligation6. Reformist Consent and Political Obligation7. Political Obligation and the United States Supreme Court8. Political Obligation and Military Service in Germany and Israel9. Popular Opinion10. Examples and Cooperation11. Conclusions