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Injustice Abroad, Authority at Home? Democracy, Systemic Effects, and Global Wrongs

Nili, Shmuel


Multiple normative theorists currently link political authority to democratic political procedures. I explore how proponents of this influential view can address a fundamental, but overlooked, puzzle. The puzzle begins from the firm judgment that even a government that keeps democratic procedures intact loses its general authority if it enacts abhorrent major laws. This judgment means that the moral failure of some laws can dissolve the moral authority of other laws—even ones that are quite...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-01-01
Type: Journal article
Source: American Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1111/ajps.12321


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