Seemingly there is no political debate which doesn't devolve into an argument over rights. For centuries a cornerstone of liberal theory, rights claims have become so over-used as to blur cases of real abuse. In this original and provocative study, Dagger argues for a republican liberalism that, while celebrating the liberal heritage of autonomy and rights, solidly places these within social relations and obligations, which while ubiquitous, are often obscured and forgotten.
Readership: Scholars and students of American politics and history, particularly of political theory.
Richard Dagger, Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University
"an important work givent the growing interest in active citizenship....Dagger's book makes a very important contribution to our understanding of citizenship through its clear demonstration that state promotion of civic virtue is compatible with individual autonomy." - Political Studies Vol 47/1
"This book is a pleasure to read. It combines clarity of philosophical argument with thorough knowledge of the empirical social and political sciences. Many of his ideas will prove highly valuable for moderate attempts to beat the odds. - Bert Van den Brink - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice no2 1999"