The authority of the state
Arguing that only the consent of the governed can justify authority, this monograph investigates the nature of authority and the character of the state, evaluates the modern state's claim to authority over its citizens, and assesses the theories of conventionalism, contractarianism, and communitarianism.
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SOCIAL ORDER AND SOCIAL RELATIONS
THE NATURE OF AUTHORITY
THE SELFIMAGE OF THE STATE
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accept action anarchic argued argument authoritative authority relations behaviour binding bound Chapter citizens claim co-operation co-ordination coercion commands commitments common communitarian compliance conception consent theory consider constitutive content-independent reasons contractarian conventionalist distinction example existence explain fact favour feature Finnis form of social functions ground H. L. A. Hart Hume Ibid important independent individual individualistic institutions interests J. S. Mill John Rawls Joseph Raz judgement justified authority legal system legitimate authority limited matter means modern moral normative notion obedience obey the law obligation to obey one's Oxford particular perhaps person political authority political obligation political theory preferences principle Prisoner's Dilemma problem of political promise question rational Rawls regard requirements role rule sceptical secure sense social contract social order social relations society sort stability state's authority suppose T. H. Green theorists theory of justice thesis validity voluntary