Defence of the Realm: Conscription and Social Contract Theory

23 Pages Posted: 22 May 2014 Last revised: 25 Sep 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The military instruments of liberal democratic societies mostly come in the shape of standing armies. This paper takes issue with this practice through brining into relief arguments within the tradition of social contract theory that insist that the defence of the public domain is an obligation of every citizen. The paper draws principally on the work of Thomas Hobbes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Rawls, and Michael Walzer.

Suggested Citation

Pemberton, Joanne Claire, Defence of the Realm: Conscription and Social Contract Theory (2014). The Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Sydney Paper​, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2440048 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2440048

Joanne Claire Pemberton (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

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