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Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism

Consent, Dissent, and Patriotism

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Part of Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions

  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521599610

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  • This book explains why citizens sometimes comply with and sometimes disobey the demands of democratic governments. It argues that citizens are more likely to comply and even give active consent when they perceive government as procedurally fair in both decisionmaking and implementation processes and when they believe other citizens are also doing their share. The author develops her argument by exploring over two hundred years of military service policies in six democratic countries.

    • Analysis of the relationship between individual need and the common good in modern democracies
    • Uses case studies of the history of military service, of conscription, and of conscientious objectors in different countries
    • Comparative material taken from the USA, Canada, Britain, France, New Zealand and Australia
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is an exemplary piece of political theory. The book should be mandatory reading for political theorists and philosophers who worry about consent, about democracy, about the motivating force of ethical commitments in politics, and about the logic of social explanation." James Johnson, Ethics

    "...Levi's study provides substantial and valuable information on the evolution of conscription policies and reactions to these policies in a number of interesting cases. Her model also provides a thought-provoking integration of the concept of fairness with more standard rational choice theory, contributing important insights to how democracy works." Deborah L. Norden, Political Science Quarterly

    "Levi astutely analyzes resistance to and compliance with calls to military service, a quintessential case in which individuals face the choice of bearing large costs on behalf of benefits they will share little difference. In the process, without ever quite saying so, she batters the postulate of universal self-interest that undergirds so much of rational choice argument in political science." Comparative Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521599610
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Series editors' preface
    1. History as politics
    2. The contingencies of consent
    3. Gone for a soldier
    4. The price of citizenship
    5. The institution of conscription
    6. Giving and refusing consent: citizen response in the Canadian conscription crises
    7. A weapon against war: conscientious objection in the United States, Australia and France
    8. The democratization of compliance

  • Author

    Margaret Levi, University of Washington

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