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Law and Disagreement

Jeremy Waldron


When people disagree about justice and about individual rights, how should political decisions be made among them? How should they decide about issues like tax policy, welfare provision, criminal procedure, discrimination law, hate speech, pornography, political dissent, and the limits of religious toleration? The most familiar answer is that these decisions should be made democratically, by majority voting among the people or their representatives. Often, however, this answer is qualified by adding providing that the majority decision does not violate individual rights. This book argues that ... More

Keywords: justice, individual rights, political decisions, majority voting, Bill of Rights, judicial review, disagreements, Ronald Dworkin, legislation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198262138
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198262138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Waldron, author
Columbia University