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Equality and Legitimacy

Wojciech Sadurski


It is often claimed — correctly, in the opinion of the author of this book — that a legitimate government must treat all citizens not just with a measure of concern but with equal concern. This contention links two major legal and philosophical concepts — legitimacy and equality — by making the former dependent on the latter. The book examines this connection in detail. It aims to explain the relationship between the idea of legitimacy of law in a democratic system and equality, in three dimensions: political, legal, and social. Exploring the constituent elements of the concept of legitimacy a ... More

Keywords: citizens, legitimacy of law, democratic legitimacy, equality, political equality, legal equality, social equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199545179
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545179.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wojciech Sadurski, author
Professor of Legal Theory and Legal Philosophy at the European University Institute, Florence, and Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Law