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Locke and the Non-arbitrary

Halldenius, Lena LU (2003) In European Journal of Political Theory 2(3). p.261-279
Abstract
In this article, John Locke's accounts of political liberty and legitimate government are read as expressions of a normative demand for non-arbitrariness. I argue that Locke locates infringements of political liberty in dependence on the arbitrary will of another, whether or not interference or restraint actually takes place. This way Locke is tentatively placed in that tradition of republican thought recently brought to our attention by Pettit, Skinner and others. This reading shifts the focus on legitimacy and identifies the independent moral argument for legitimate government as ruling for the good of the people. Consent is left with a hypothetical role to play.
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dependence, government, hypothetical consent, legitimacy, liberty, Locke, non-arbitrariness, public good, republicanism, trust
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European Journal of Political Theory
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2
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3
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261 - 279
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SAGE Publications Inc.
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1741-2730
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English
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  author       = {Halldenius, Lena},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {261--279},
  publisher    = {SAGE Publications Inc.},
  series       = {European Journal of Political Theory},
  title        = {Locke and the Non-arbitrary},
  volume       = {2},
  year         = {2003},
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