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Political Obligation And Democratic Governance: A Case of Nigeria
SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs (2007)
  • Ozy B. Orluwene, JP
Abstract

ABSTRACT This paper attempts to seek and examine a balance between the political obligation (rights of the governed and duties of government) in democratic governance. Political obligation is two sided, namely, obligation on the part of government and obligation on the part of governed. It has to do basically with such issues as necessity for law and government, organized society and obedience on the largest possible scale, as the utilitarian would say, “the purpose of government in organized society is to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number”. The citizens’ willing cooperation and obedience are demanded by the state, and in certain circumstances, citizens withdrawn and resist the state, when the state is not governed in accordance with the constitution which limits the power of the state government and guarantees fundamental human rights of all citizens; that is when there exist surplus pains over pleasure.

Keywords
  • Democracy,
  • Governance,
  • Politics,
  • Obligations
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
Ozy B. Orluwene. "Political Obligation And Democratic Governance: A Case of Nigeria" SOPHIA: An African Journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs Vol. 10 Iss. 1 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ozyb_orluwene/12/