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Political Theory, Values and Public Health



Political Theory, Values and Public Health



Public Health Ethics 9(2): 139-149



This article offers some general criticisms of the idea that any political theory can legitimate public health interventions, and then some particular criticisms of Civic Republicanism as a political theory for public health. Civic Republicanism, I argue, legitimizes liberty-infringing public health interventions by demanding high levels of civic engagement in framing and reviewing them; to demand such engagement in pursuit of such a baseline value as health will leave insufficient civic energy for the pursuit of higher values.

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DOI: 10.1093/phe/phv033


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