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Consent and Loyalty as Bases of Legitimate Political Authority


Allen, JG, Consent and Loyalty as Bases of Legitimate Political Authority (2013) [Masters Research]

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This thesis examines consent as the purported criterion of legitimate political authority and basis of political obligation in modern liberal democracies. Liberal consent theory posits autonomy as the basis of legitimate political authority, in as much as consent is an act of the individualís free, autonomous will. Voluntary subjection to political power transforms it into genuine political authority. On this view, consent is the mechanism by which autonomy is protected in social interactions generally, including those of a political nature. Only those political relationships that are based on genuine, autonomy-protecting consent are legitimate: only they can give rise to legitimate political authority over others and only they can give rise to real obligations to obey any rule set over us by another.

Item Details

Item Type:Masters Research
Keywords:political legitimacy, consent theory, fiduciary public law
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Public law
Research Field:Constitutional law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Allen, JG (Mr Jason Allen)
ID Code:134300
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2019-08-06
Last Modified:2019-08-07

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