Political Authority, Moral Powers and the Intrinsic Value of Obedience

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 30 (1):179-191 (2010)
Abstract
Three concepts—authority, obedience and obligation—are central to understanding law and political institutions. The three are also involved in the legitimation of the state: an apology for the state has to make a normative case for the state’s authority, for its right to command obedience, and for the citizen’s obligation to obey the state’s commands. Recent discussions manifest a cumulative scepticism about the apologist’s task. Getting clear about the three concepts is, of..
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