Journal of Value Inquiry 44 (4):469-476 (2010)

One way in which liberal theories have argued for the legitimacy of the state is by means of a principle of implicit consent. Since Hume, critics have argued that the price of dissent would be too high for such a strategy to be successful. Some theorists have replied that the high price involved in not agreeing to do something does not need to be a defeating condition of consenting. Other theorists have proposed institutional reforms which will diminish the costs of dissenting. In this paper, it is argued that the failure of an implicit consent approach is more fundamental than what this debate seems to suggest.
Keywords political legitimacy  implicit consent
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