Responsible Citizens, Irresponsible States
Should Citizens Pay for Their States' Wrongdoings?
Reviews and Awards
"...an important contribution in the more general but under-discussed questions for political philosophy about what it actually means for a state to commit a moral wrong and what the consequences for such wrongs might be." - Solmu Anttila, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics
"an important addition to the growing literature on responsibility for state wrongdoing" - Farid Abdel-Nour, The Review of Politics
"Are citizens liable for their states' unjust acts? Pasternak's excellent book argues for citizen responsibility by highlighting the many ways citizens intentionally act together to support the state. Her important argument illuminates contemporary issues from climate change to reparations for historic wrongdoing. A must-read." - Anna Stilz, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
"States have committed many of the gravest wrongs in human history, and these wrongs demand a response. But imposing liability on states for their wrongdoing threatens to harm innocent members of those states, who bear no responsibility for these wrongs. And harming the innocent is hard to justify. Avia Pasternak's subtle, penetrating and powerful book provides a deeply thought out response to this dilemma that anyone working on the problem of responses to state wrongdoing must grapple with." - Victor Tadros, Professor of Law, The University of Warwick