David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 3 (4):68-84 (2000)
Liberal political thought has traditionally been hostile to the arbitrary power of rulers. It has, however, qualified this hostility through its promotion of what Locke calls ?prerogative?, the need for rulers to act in defence of the public good ? but on occasion outside the constraints of law. Liberal thought has tended to overlook the arbitrary powers of citizens and private organisations. This is due, first, to its commitment to individual liberty. But it is also due ?more substantially ? to the belief that private agents and corporations, even when not constrained by law, are none the less subject to the non?legal sanctions and rewards imposed by the market and other aspects of civil society. Neo?liberalism is not rendered distinctive by its promotion of arbitrary power, since this has always featured in liberal government. Neo?liberalism is distinguished rather by its promotion of arbitrary powers across the full range of organs of governance ? from departments of government, through publicly and privately owned corporations, to ostensibly non?governmental bodies like charities, churches and so on. This advance in liberal promotion of arbitrary power has significant implications for the evolution of contemporary democracy
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Raymond Plant (2009). The Neo-Liberal State. OUP Oxford.
Robert Hassan (2008). Network Speed and Democratic Politics. World Futures 64 (1):3 – 21.
Andrew Barry, Thomas Osborne & Nikolas S. Rose (eds.) (1996). Foucault and Political Reason: Liberalism, Neo-Liberalism, and Rationalities of Government. University of Chicago Press.
Philip Pettit (2005). Liberty and Leviathan. Politics, Philosophy and Economics 4 (1):131-151.
Eoin Daly (2011). Non-Domination as a Primary Good: Re-Thinking the Frontiers of the 'Political' in Rawls's Political Liberalism. Jurisprudence 2 (1):37-72.
Nicholas Wolterstorff (2005). Jeffrey Stout on Democracy and its Contemporary Christian Critics. Journal of Religious Ethics 33 (4):633-647.
Ruth Abbey (1999). Back to the Future: Marriage as Friendship in the Thought of Mary Wollstonecraft. Hypatia 14 (3):78-95.
Vicente Medina (2002). Locke's Militant Liberalism: A Reply to Carl Schmitt's State of Exception. History of Philosophy Quarterly 19 (4):345 - 365.
Enzo Rossi (2008). Liberal Democracy and the Challenge of Ethical Diversity. Human Affairs 18 (1):10-22.
Melvin L. Rogers (2009). Democracy, Elites and Power: John Dewey Reconsidered. Contemporary Political Theory 8 (1):68.
Nicholas Capaldi (1990). Liberal Values Vs. Liberal Social Philosophy. Philosophy and Theology 4 (3):283-296.
Tom Bailey & Valentina Gentile (2012). Religion and the Limits of Liberalism. Philosophia 40 (2):175-178.
Added to index2011-10-19
Total downloads5 ( #234,319 of 1,099,742 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #303,379 of 1,099,742 )
How can I increase my downloads?