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Equality and Legitimacy

Wojciech Sadurski

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545179
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191719905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199545179.001.0001
Equality and Legitimacy

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It is often claimed — correctly, in the opinion of the author of this book — that a legitimate government must treat all citizens not just with a measure of concern but with equal concern. This contention links two major legal and philosophical concepts — legitimacy and equality — by making the former dependent on the latter. The book examines this connection in detail. It aims to explain the relationship between the idea of legitimacy of law in a democratic system and equality, in three dimensions: political, legal, and social. Exploring the constituent elements of the concept of legitimacy and the specific requirements of political, legal, and social equality, the book seeks to demonstrate how a conception of democratic legitimacy is necessary for understanding and reconciling equality and legitimacy.

Keywords: citizens; legitimacy of law; democratic legitimacy; equality; political equality; legal equality; social equality

Book.  280 pages. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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Law's Legitimacy and Democracy in Equality and Legitimacy

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Legal Equality in Equality and Legitimacy

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