Civil disobedience in the shadows of postnationalization and privatization

Published on Oct 1, 2016in Journal of International Political Theory
· DOI :10.1177/1755088215617192
William E. Scheuerman16
Estimated H-index: 16
(IU: Indiana University Bloomington)
Bringing together normative political theory and recent empirical research on the state, the essay examines the challenges posed by the postnationalization and privatization of state authority to conventional accounts of civil disobedience. It does so by taking a careful look at John Rawls’ influential theory of civil disobedience along with its oftentimes neglected implicit assumptions about state and society, assumptions which turn out to have reproduced commonplace postwar statist and Westphalian ideas, including the optimistic view that the liberal democratic nation state should prove up to the task of successfully regulating and perhaps civilizing capitalism. Postnationalization and privatization render those assumptions problematic. Consequently, the Rawlsian model that was partly constructed on them becomes problematic as well. However, some of its features transcend the obsolescent empirical assumptions on which it was implicitly built. Theorists of civil disobedience should not just deconstruct b...
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Published on Dec 1, 2015in Journal of Political Philosophy0.85
William E. Scheuerman16
Estimated H-index: 16
(IU: Indiana University)
Published on Jun 29, 2015
Kurt Schock10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Antonio Franceschet5
Estimated H-index: 5
(U of C: University of Calgary)
Illegal state actions are sometimes interpreted as civil disobedience. Yet, liberal theorists insist that, to count as such, states must intend to reform the systemic imperfections of the international legal order. Moreover, states must have the capacity to engineer such reforms responsibly. These requirements result in an elitist conception of international civil disobedience because weaker states cannot refashion the key rules of the international legal order. By introducing a broader concepti...
Published on Mar 16, 2015
Todd May10
Estimated H-index: 10
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Published on Mar 1, 2015in Maryland Law Review
Nathan J. Miller2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UI: University of Iowa)
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Published on Feb 3, 2015
Michael A. Gould-Wartofsky1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Jan 1, 2015in Social Philosophy & Policy0.53
Simon Caney20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Oxford)
Published on Jan 1, 2015in Ethics & Global Politics0.71
Temi Ogunye1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UCL: University College London)
Almost all accounts of global justice recognise that the world, as it is, is unjust, and that something ought to be done about this. But what? In this paper, I argue that wealthy individuals have a duty grounded in the natural duty of justice to engage in civil disobedience against the currently unjust global order with the aim of pressuring for institutional reform. In particular, I argue that those who subscribe to the two main views on global justice—cosmopolitanism and statism—can agree that...
Published on Aug 1, 2014in German Law Journal
Christian Joerges20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Bremen)
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William E. Scheuerman16
Estimated H-index: 16
(IU: Indiana University)
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William Smith8
Estimated H-index: 8
Published on Nov 1, 2018in Res Publica
N. P. Adams (Goethe University Frankfurt)
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Danny Michelsen (GAU: University of Göttingen)
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Published on Dec 1, 2017in Constellations
Jonathan White12
Estimated H-index: 12
(LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)
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