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

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Pierik, Roland, Collective Responsibility and National Responsibility. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, (2008, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp. 465-483). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2032716 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2032716

Roland Pierik (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
Amsterdam, 1012 CN
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.rolandpierik.nl/theory

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