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Author Applbaum, Arthur Isak, 1957- author
Title Legitimacy : the right to rule in a wanton world / Arthur Isak Applbaum
Imprint Cambridge, Massachusetts ; Londond, England : Harvard University Press, 2019
book jacket
 RCHSS Library  JC497 A55 2019    DUE 07-05-21    30560400669773
 人文社會聯圖  JC497 .A55 2019    DUE 05-17-21    30650020091126
Descript 294 pages ; 24 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-278) and index
Part I: Substance and normative power. Legitimacy in a bastard kingdom -- Legitimacy without the duty to obey -- Part II: Free group agency. All foundings are forced -- Forcing a people to be free -- Part III: Inhumanity, despotism, and wantonism. The three tyrannies -- Despotism -- Wantonism
"What makes a government legitimate? The dominant view is that our public officials have the right to rule us, even if they are unfit or unfair, as long as they gain power through procedures based on our consent. In Legitimacy, Arthur Applbaum argues that adherence to procedure is not enough, that legitimacy must also depend on the substance of laws, policies, and practices. Applbaum holds that a government cannot be legitimate unless it upholds three principles. These are: 1. liberty, necessary to protect against barbarism, 2. equality, to protect against despotism and to help the vulnerable, and 3. agency, according to which authorities treat citizens as competent, independent agents and, within limits, respect the mandate that citizens have given them. Today, Applbaum writes, the greatest risk to our democracies is the violation of the third principle, as wanton leaders threaten to act in an unconstrained, incoherent, and inconsistent manner that undermines respect for others as moral agents. Working out the extended implications of his principles, Applbaum shows that legitimacy also requires respect for counter-majoritarian institutions and practices such as judicial review, independent administrative agencies, and civil disobedience"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Legitimacy of governments
Government accountability
Political leadership
Political ethics
89.06 political philosophy. (NL-LeOCL)077608739 bcl
Despotism. fast (OCoLC)fst00891415
Government accountability. fast (OCoLC)fst01746414
Legitimacy of governments. fast (OCoLC)fst00995908
Political ethics. fast (OCoLC)fst01069286
Political leadership. fast (OCoLC)fst01069363
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