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Participation in and responsibility for state injustices

Jubb, R. ORCID: (2014) Participation in and responsibility for state injustices. Social Theory and Practice, 40 (1). pp. 51-72. ISSN 0037-802X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.5840/soctheorpract20144013


This paper discusses the criteria for acceptably holding citizens partly responsible for wrongs their state or its agents commit. Some proposed criteria are not, it argues, appropriately sensitive to the particular coercive relation between state and citizen. Others, which are, conceive of it wrongly and fail to match our judgments about a range of cases. Alternative criteria of breadth and joint authorship, built around Christopher Kutz's account of participation, better match these considered judgments as well as linking them to a more powerful theoretical framework. Understanding citizens' responsibility will mean understanding these criteria more fully.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:43036
Publisher:Florida State University Department of Philosophy


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