author={Christopher W. Morris},
  journal={Social Philosophy and Policy},
  pages={28 - 49}
  • C. W. Morris
  • Published 14 December 2011
  • Law, Political Science
  • Social Philosophy and Policy
Abstract State power is widely thought to be coercive. The view that governments must wield force or that their power is necessarily coercive is widespread in contemporary political thought. John Rawls is representative in claiming that (political power is always coercive power backed up by the government(s use of sanctions, for government alone has the authority to use force in upholding its laws.( This belief in the centrality of coercion and force plays an important but not well appreciated… 
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