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Coercion, Authority and Democracy

Towards an Apolitical Order

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Studies how a distinct feature of the state is its police or coercive power

  • Considers how democracy has been thought to provide justification for coercion or authority

  • Is of interest to academics and students of political philosophy

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Classical Liberalism (PASTCL)

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About this book

Classical liberalism has typically sought to maintain as much room as possible for the exercise of personal initiative in the face of the encroachment of states. This book explores these questions of coercion and authority in the context of the size and scope of the state and argues that the state and its agents should be held to the same moral rules as are the individuals it rules over. The book considers how a distinct feature of the state is its police or coercive power, about which one may ask how the state acquires it and what if anything would justify its use. It considers the implication that there is nothing inherent about state agents that entitles one to behave in ways that we would not accept from a private actor, and how once that argument is made, the state‚Äôs claim to authority is weakened. The author also discusses the extent to which democracy has been thought to provide any sort of justification for coercion or authority.  This book will be of interest to academics and students of political philosophy, especially classical liberalism, and legal philosophy.

 

Grahame Booker is an independent researcher. He completed his PhD at the University of Waterloo, Canada and was Adjunct Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy. He has published in the International Journal of Prices and Markets and been a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Philosophy and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

Keywords

  • Coercion
  • Authority
  • Democracy
  • Anarchism
  • Minimal state
  • Classical liberalism

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stratford, Canada

    Grahame Booker

About the author

Grahame Booker is an independent researcher. He completed his PhD at the University of Waterloo, Canada and was Adjunct Assistant Professor in Political Philosophy. He has published in the International Journal of Prices and Markets and been a reviewer for the Canadian Journal of Philosophy and the Journal of Libertarian Studies.

Bibliographic Information

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