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The Principle of Fairness and Political Obligation

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George KloskoAssociate Professor, Department of Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia, USA

ISBN13: 9780847677184
ISBN: 0847677184
Published: May 1994
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Current debate has it that a theory of political obligation grounded on the premises of liberal political theory does not exist. Indeed, most theories to date have either produced a set of plausible conditions for the existence of political obligations and then argued that these conditions have not been met, or they have attempted to ground submission to the state on something other than political obligation. In ""Fairness and Political Obligation"", George Klosko presents a treatment of the issue. In a clear, careful and systematic presentation, he formulates a principal of fairness that specifies a set of conditions which grounds existing political obligations and bridges the gap between the abstract accounts of political principles and the actual beliefs of political actors. He begins with the principle of fairness originally presented in the work of H.L.A. Hart in 1955 and, using the classic examples of national defence and the rule of law, systematically develops this principle into a complete theory of political obligation which he calls ""fairness theory"".

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Political obligation; the principle of fairness; political precepts; discretionary public goods; fairness theory; fairness, utilitarianism, and consent. Appendixes: Parfit's moral arithmetic and the obligation to obey the law; the principle of fairness and political attitudes.