29 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2012
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Authority, Pluralism, Raz
JEL Classification: K19
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