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David Sobel, Peter Vallentyne, and Steven Wall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198759621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759621.001.0001

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The Value of Self-Determination

The Value of Self-Determination

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(p.98) 4 The Value of Self-Determination
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Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 2
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Anna Stilz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198759621.003.0005

This chapter develops and defends an account of self-determination as necessary for full legitimacy and for being a morally ideal state. It argues that the value of collective self-determination is rooted in a fundamental interest in appropriately seeing oneself as a coauthor of the institutions that govern one’s own life. When citizens affirm their participation in a self-determining political group, they can relate to demands imposed by their coercive institutions as self-imposed, and not a problematic restriction of their political freedom. It further argues that, for a subgroup to have a right to self-determination, it must show that (a) their aims are consistent with basic justice, (b) that they do not involve the unjustifiable coercion of others, and (c) that a feasible institutional alternative is available that would secure greater collective self-determination for them at reasonable cost.

Keywords:   legitimacy, justice, self-determination, coercion, subgroups

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