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CONCEPT is devoted to research in the field of normative political theory, that is, research into questions about how our political relationships ought to be structured and what principles should govern them. This involves issues such as the nature of social justice, what rights people or groups have against each other and against the state (and indeed whether there should be a state at all), our obligations to distant others and to future people, whether democracy is the best means of organising political life, and if so which form, and how people can both be free and live under government. We also recognise that such questions may not be resolvable through ‘ideal’ normative theory, and other approaches to normative issues in politics are welcomed. Our research falls under five main areas, and these are:
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