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The ethics of political alliance

White, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0002-4668-698X (2018) The ethics of political alliance. British Journal of Political Science, 48 (3). 593 - 609. ISSN 0007-1234

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0007123417000709


Usually pictured in relations of opposition, political parties are sometimes inclined to make alliance. The paper examines the ethical questions such arrangements give rise to. It considers first the formal characteristics of alliance as a distinctive form of association, moving on to examine what reasons for alliance are good reasons. Intrinsic arguments that invoke epistemic or democratic criteria, and instrumental arguments invoking areas of shared programme or imperfect institutions, are weighed in turn, with the latter judged to be more consistent with the partisan ethos. The final section examines the normative standards to which alliances should be held once formed.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 14:07
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:09

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