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Political Obligations

George Klosko


Provides a full defence of a theory of political obligation on the basis of the principle of fairness (or fair play). The book responds to the most important objections and extends a theory-based on fairness into a developed ‘multiple principle’ theory of obligation. The ‘self-image of the state’ in regard to political obligations is explored through examination of judicial decisions in three different democratic countries, while the book also breaks new ground by studying attitudes towards political obligations, through the use of small focus groups.

Keywords: anarchism, common good, consent, fair play, liberalism, libertarianism, natural duties, philosophical anarchism, political obligation, principle of fairness, Rawls, reformist consent

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199256204
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199256209.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Klosko, author
Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
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