Political Legitimacy and the Duty to Obey the Law

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 33 (3):373 - 389 (2003)
  Copy   BIBTEX


A growing number of political and legal theorists deny that there is a widespread duty to obey the law. This has lent a sense of urgency to recent disagreements about whether a state’s legitimacy depends upon its ‘subjects” having a duty to obey the law. On one side of the disagreement, John Simmons, Robert Paul Wolff, David Copp, Hannah Pitkin, Leslie Green, George Klosko, and Joseph Raz hold that a state could only be legitimate if the vast majority of its subjects have a duty to obey the law. On the other side, M.B.E. Smith, Jeffrey Reiman, Kent Greenawalt



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 89,408

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library


Added to PP

86 (#177,307)

6 months
4 (#307,372)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

Assessing the global order: justice, legitimacy, or political justice?Laura Valentini - 2012 - Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (5):593-612.

Add more citations

References found in this work

The Morality of Freedom.Joseph Raz - 1986 - Philosophy 63 (243):119-122.
Justification and legitimacy.A. John Simmons - 1999 - Ethics 109 (4):739-771.
Moral Principles and Political Obligations.Diana T. Meyers - 1981 - Philosophical Review 90 (3):472.
Political legitimacy and democracy.Allen Buchanan - 2002 - Ethics 112 (4):689-719.

View all 14 references / Add more references