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On partisan political justification

White, Jonathan and Ypi, Lea (2011) On partisan political justification. American Political Science Review, 105 (2). pp. 381-396. ISSN 1537-5943

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0003055411000074


Political justification figures prominently in contemporary political theory, notably in models of deliberative democracy. This article articulates and defends the essential role of partisanship in this process. Four dimensions of justification are examined in detail: the constituency to which political justifications are offered, the circumstances in which they are developed, the ways in which they are made inclusive, and the ways in which they are made persuasive. In each case, the role of partisanship is probed and affirmed. Partisanship, we conclude, is indispensable to the kind of political justification needed to make the exercise of collective authority responsive to normative concerns.

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Additional Information: © 2011 American Political Science Association
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2011 07:43
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:52

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