Citizenship as strict liability: a review of Avia Pasternak’s responsible citizens, Irresponsible States

Bennet Francis*

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Abstract

States commit wrongs that demand redress. In her recent book, Avia Pasternak considers the circumstances under which it is legitimate to impose the cost of redress upon the state’s citizens at large. Her answer is that it is legitimate to impose reparative burdens on citizens only when they participate in their state intentionally, specifically, when they intend to play their part in maintaining state institutions. The book thus has revisionary implications for current international legal practice, given reparative burdens are currently imposed upon states no matter their internal relations. The book’s persuasive argument will be of interest not only to scholars of normative political theory and social ontology, but also international legal theorists. That said, its core claim that citizen participation must be ‘genuine’ would benefit from further specification through future scholarship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-112
Number of pages6
JournalEthics and Global Politics
Volume15
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sep 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • Avia Pasternak
  • Citizen responsibility
  • Complicity
  • Group agency
  • Reactive attitudes
  • State wrongdoing
  • Strict liability

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