What Who?

Jethro K. Lieberman

in Liberalism Undressed

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199919840
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980376 | DOI:
What Who?

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The chapter proposes that the only basis of political power consistent with the harm principle is citizenship, rejecting birth status, ownership or wealth, and expertise as grounds for public participation in the state. It also surveys the sorts of restraints that must be imposed on the government to insure that the harm principle can function (including legislation applied to legislators), and explains why the harm principle cannot be “constitutionalized.”

Keywords: expertise; governing; non-delegation; restraints on government; separation of powers; rulership; separation of powers; suffrage

Chapter.  8706 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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