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Hume's PoliticsCoordination and Crisis in the History of England$
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Andrew Sabl

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134208

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134208.001.0001

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Convention and Allegiance

Convention and Allegiance

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(p.90) Chapter 3 Convention and Allegiance
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Hume's Politics
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Andrew Sabl

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691134208.003.0004

This chapter deals with some neglected implications of viewing political power in terms of coordination, focusing on how essential it is, on a coordination view, to regard governmental authority and citizen allegiance not as two different things but as two different ways of viewing the same thing. The chapter makes explicit the fact that no government is “legitimate” and no citizen is “law-abiding” in a vacuum, but that all authority and allegiance bind particular citizens to particular governments. It also discusses how the mutual dependence or mirror-image quality of allegiance and authority helps explain Hume's theory of legitimate rebellion and legitimate emergency powers.

Keywords:   coordination, citizen allegiance, governmental authority, political power, David Hume, legitimate rebellion, emergency powers

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