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Nation of DevilsDemocratic Leadership and the Problem of Obedience$
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Stein Ringen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300193190

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300193190.001.0001

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How to Make Citizens Obey

How to Make Citizens Obey

(p.140) 8 How to Make Citizens Obey
Nation of Devils

Stein Ringen

Yale University Press

This chapter asks: why should citizens obey? They shouldn't necessarily do so. They have rights. More important than obedience from citizens to a good government is loyalty. It is a delicate balance: citizens consenting because governments govern well; governments governing well because citizens consent. The chapter uses the political models of Britain and the United States to compare how citizens react to governance in the two coutries. There is one important area where these two democracies do not converge and that is political culture.

Keywords:   citizens, obedience, good government, political models, political culture

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