Social Theory and Practice 46 (1):231-255 (2020)

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Baldwin Wong
Hang Seng University of Hong Kong
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Political liberals usually assume the coercion account, which argues that state actions should be publicly justified because they coerce citizens. Recently some critics object this account for it overlooks that some policies are non-coercive but still require public justification. My article argues that, instead of understanding coercion as particular laws or policies, it should be understood as the exercise of collective political power that shapes the basic structure. This revised coercion account explains why those ostensibly non-coercive policies are in fact coercive. Moreover, I argue that the alternative accounts suggested by critics fail, unless they assume the revised coercion account.
Keywords coercion  public reason  public justification  justice  civic friendship  Jonathan Quong  Andrew Lister  Colin Bird
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ISBN(s) 0037-802X
DOI 10.5840/soctheorpract2019123174
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