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Osgoode Hall Law Journal

Authors

Tamar L. Smith

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Numerous theories have been developed to explain the basis, beyond a legal one, upon which the citizen's obligation to obey the law rests. In The Authority of the State, Leslie Green has contributed a new theory of obedience, one which explores the bases of civility and tolerance as foundations for obedience rendered to the legal system. This new theory is discussed within the context of a real world problem, one that has distressed the world community for years - the treatment of blacks in South Africa. Does this theory have any significance for citizens caught up in a fundamental and serious conflict with a legal and political system that claims their obedience?

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