National University of Singapore (NUS) - Faculty of Law
November 1, 2011
This paper, part of a larger project on the pluralism of authority, examines the implications of overlapping legal/political authorities, and their interrelationships, for existing theories of legitimate authority. It argues that prevailing theories of authority cannot adequately explain such plurality, and offers a new theory of ‘relative authority’ to both explain how plurality of legitimate authority is possible, and to evaluate the legitimacy of the relationships which result.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Authority, Pluralism, Raz
JEL Classification: K19
Date posted: February 13, 2012
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