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How should we understand the relationship between citizens and governments, and what are the obligations of citizens? In this substantially revised new edition of an influential text, John Horton challenges dominant theories by offering an 'associative' account focusing particularly on what it is to be a member of a political community.
Paperback, Second Edition, 256 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 1st 1992)
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This is a Jekyll / Hyde type of book. As a review and critique of the main families that seek to justify political obligation (and overcome Simmons style philosophical anarchism), it is fantastic. Very clearly explained, clever, etc. When Horton proposes to ground political obligation on more or less associative grounds, though, things go off the rails. The long and sort of it is that he thinks that our membership in a polity is constitutive of our identity, and that this gives rise to obligatio ...more