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Political Obligation in its Historical Context


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Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. The Historicity of the Question: 2. The identity of the history of ideas; 3. Consent in the political theory of John Locke; 4. The politics of Locke in England and America in the eighteenth century; Part II. The Historicity of the Answers: 5. Practising history and social science on 'realist' assumptions; 6. From democracy to representation: an interpretation of a Ghanaian election; 7. 'Hoc signo victor eris': representation, allegiance and obligation in the politics of Ghana and Sri Lanka; 8. Democracy unretrieved, or the political theory of Professor Macpherson; 9. The success and failure of modern revolutions; Part III. Conclusion: 10. Political obligations and political possibilities; Notes; Index.

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Mr Dunn addresses the central questions of political philosophy from an unusually broad variety of perspectives.

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