Collective Responsibility and National Responsibility
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, (2008, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 465-483)
19 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2012 Last revised: 3 Apr 2012
In his recent book, National Responsibility and Global Justice, David Miller conceptualizes and justifies a model of national responsibility. His conceptualization proceeds in two steps: he starts by developing two models of collective responsibility, the like-minded group model and the cooperative practice model. He then proceeds to discuss national responsibility, a species of collective responsibility, and argues that nations have features such that the two models of collective responsibility also apply to them.
In this article, I focus on the question whether Miller’s like-minded group model and the cooperative practice model are plausible and convincing models of collective responsibility. I will argue that the like-minded model does not provide a plausible conceptualization of collective responsibility, while the collective practice model provides a good model for collective responsibility but is not particularly helpful in conceptualizing national responsibility.
Keywords: collective responsibility, David Miller, agency, state responsibility
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