Governmental Power: Quality or Identity? Comments on Alon Harel’s Argument Against Outsourcing Violence

Law & Ethics of Human Rights, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 416-423, 2011

10 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2012

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Re'em Segev

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2011

Abstract

What is the appropriate division of power between public officials and private individuals? The straightforward answer to this question, it seems, is that an official should have a power if she employs it (morally) better compared to a private individual. However, Alon Harel argues that this answer is misguided, or at least partially, since there are some decisions — mainly concerning the employment of violence — that should be made and implemented only by public officials regardless of the (relative) moral quality of the decision or action. In this comment I consider and criticize this argument.

Keywords: Government, Public Official, Legal Power, Privatization

Suggested Citation

Segev, Re'em, Governmental Power: Quality or Identity? Comments on Alon Harel’s Argument Against Outsourcing Violence (January 1, 2011). Law & Ethics of Human Rights, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 416-423, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2134951

Re'em Segev (Contact Author)

Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law ( email )

Mount Scopus
Jerusalem, 91905
Israel

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