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The Constitution of EqualityDemocratic Authority and Its Limits$
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Thomas Christiano

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780198297475

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198297475.001.0001

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The Authority of Democracy

The Authority of Democracy

(p.231) 6 The Authority of Democracy
The Constitution of Equality

Thomas Christiano (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter shows how the principle of public equality grounds the authority of democracy. It characterizes some main desiderata that a successful conception of political authority must satisfy. It lays out three concepts of political authority that have been prominent in recent discussions and argues for the centrality of the idea of a right to rule. The chapter then defines what is meant by saying that democracy has authority. It shows how the principle of public equality grounds the authority of democracy and addresses some important objections to the account. It argues against philosophical anarchism, the consent theory of political authority and instrumentalism approaches to authority. Finally, the complexity of democratic authority is discussed.

Keywords:   anarchism, authority, consent, equality, political authority, right to rule

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