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.
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.)