Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk, by Deane-Peter Baker

Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk offers a groundbreaking, systematic approach to formulating ethical public policy on all forms of 'citizen killings'.

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  • Author: Deane-Peter Baker
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • RRP: Paperback: $35.99
  • E-book: $31.99

Cover of Citizen Killings: Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk


Where most approaches to these issues begin with the assumption of some general approach to ethics, Baker argues that life-or-death policy decisions of this kind should be driven first and foremost by a recognition of the key limitations that a commitment to political liberalism places on the state, particularly the requirement to respect citizens' right to life and the principle of liberal neutrality.

When these principles come into tension, Baker shows that they can in some cases be defused by way of a reasonableness test, and in other cases addressed through the application of what he calls the 'risk of harm principle'.

Looking at all forms of citizen killings, which include killing in self-defence, abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and killings carried out by private military contractors and so-called 'foreign fighters', Citizen Killings also explores the question of what measures citizens and states might legitimately take in response to other states that fail to implement morally appropriate policies regarding citizen killings.

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