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References and further reading

All of the following involve detailed and sometimes subtle argument, but all are also accessible to readers without formal training in philosophy.

  • Beran, H. (1987) The Consent Theory of Political Obligation, London: Croom Helm.

    (The most complete presentation of consent theory in political philosophy.)

  • Feinberg, J. (1986) Harm to Self, New York: Oxford University Press.

    (The best discussion of the conditions on consent is given in chapters 22–6.)

  • Green, L. (1988) The Authority of the State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Careful discussion in chapter 6 of the relation between consent and political authority.)

  • Kleinig, J. (1982) ‘The Ethics of Consent’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy supplementary vol. 8: 91–118.

    (Thorough treatment of the nature of and conditions on consent.)

  • Locke, J. (1690) The Second Treatise of Government, in Two Treatises of Government, ed. P. Laslett, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1960.

    (The classic statement of the consent theory of political obligation and authority, centred in chapters 7 and 8.)

  • Pateman, C. (1979) The Problem of Political Obligation, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

    (Discusses the history and many varieties of consent theory in chapters 4–7, favouring a Rousseauian version.)

  • Pitkin, H. (1965–6) ‘Obligation and Consent, I and II’, American Political Science Review 59 (4): 990–999, 60 (1): 39–52.

    (Develops a hypothetical consent theory of political obligation.)

  • Plamenatz, J.P. (1968) Consent, Freedom and Political Obligation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2nd edn.

    (Discussion of consent theory, with a defence of voting as an expression of consent in the ‘Postscript’.)

  • Rawls, J. (1971) A Theory of Justice, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

    (Powerful defence of political justification by appeal to hypothetical consent, with the implications for political obligation in chapter 6.)

  • Simmons, A.J. (1993) On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Discussion of Locke and the implications of consent theory in chapters 3, 4, 7 and 8; extensive bibliography.)

  • Walzer, M. (1970) Obligations: Essays on Disobedience, War, and Citizenship, New York: Simon & Schuster.

    (Applies a distinctive conception of consent theory to various practical political problems.)

  • Weale, A. (1978) ‘Consent’, Political Studies 26 (1): 65–77.

    (Analysis of consent in terms of inducing reliance.)

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