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p. 192. Political authoritylocked

  • David Miller


‘Political authority’ argues that today, we are creatures of the state and asks: Under what circumstances, if any, do states wield legitimate political authority? How far are we as ordinary citizens obliged to obey the laws they make and follow their other dictates? Political philosophers, including Hobbes, have often argued that, without strict obedience to political authority, that authority will crumble into dust. But in practice it seems that states and other forms of political authority can survive and function effectively only so long as people are generally (rather than universally) disposed to comply with them.

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