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Diasporas and political obligation

Baron, Ilan Zvi

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Robin Cohen

Carolin Fischer


In an essay on the state of political theory, Isaiah Berlin (1969: 7) suggests that ‘the most fundamental of all political questions’ is ‘why should anyone obey anyone else?’ Similarly, A. P. d’Entrèves (1959: 3) claims that ‘the history of political theory is to me first and foremost the history of the attempts to solve the problem of political obligation’. The problem of political obligation has been called ‘the fundamental or central problem of political philosophy’ (Dagger 1977: 86). John Horton (2010: 1–2), in his introductory book about political obligation, defines it as the relationship ‘between the people and their political community’ and ‘about whether we can properly be understood to have some ethical bond with our polity, and if so how this manifests itself’.


Baron, I. Z. (2018). Diasporas and political obligation. In R. Cohen, & C. Fischer (Eds.), Routledge handbook of diaspora studies (223-230). Routledge

Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Publication Date Aug 8, 2018
Deposit Date Sep 14, 2018
Publicly Available Date Feb 8, 2020
Publisher Routledge
Pages 223-230
Series Title Routledge international handbooks
Book Title Routledge handbook of diaspora studies.
Chapter Number 26
ISBN 9781138631137
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