Associative responsibilities and political obligation
Renzo, Massimo. (2012) Associative responsibilities and political obligation. Philosophical Quarterly, Volume 62 (Number 246). pp. 106-127. ISSN 0031-8094
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In this paper I criticise an influential version of associative theory of political obligation and I
offer a reformulation of the theory in ‘quasi-voluntarist’ terms. I argue that although unable by
itself to solve the problem of political obligation, my quasi-voluntarist associative model can play
an important role in solving this problem. Moreover, the model teaches us an important methodological
lesson about the way in which we should think about the question of political obligation.
Finally, I suggest that the quasi-voluntarist associative model is particularly attractive because it manages to combine the main thrust of the traditional associative view with the most attractive feature of transactional theories, while avoiding at the same time the main problems that afflict each of these two approaches.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Philosophy|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Political obligation -- Philosophy, Political science -- Philosophy, State, The -- Philosophy, Citizenship -- Philosophy|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Philosophical Quarterly|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||January 2012|
|Page Range:||pp. 106-127|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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