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In Our Name: The Ethics of Democracy

Eric Beerbohm


When a government in a democracy acts in our name, are we, as citizens, responsible for those acts? What if the government commits a moral crime? The protestor's slogan—“Not in our name!”—testifies to the need to separate ourselves from the wrongs of our leaders. Yet the idea that individual citizens might bear a special responsibility for political wrongdoing is deeply puzzling for ordinary morality and leading theories of democracy. This book explains how citizens may be morally exposed to the failures of their representatives and state institutions, and how complicity is the professional ha ... More

Keywords: democracy, government, political wrongdoing, morality, decision making, political science, complicity, citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154619
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154619.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Beerbohm, author
Harvard University