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Opinion

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Abstract

Neither authority nor law is ever entirely independent of opinion. Authority must embody, as a minimum, the opinion of those who exercise it: whether a single autocrat, an unrepresentative oligarchy, a small, educated elite, an officer caste, the bourgeoisie, the urban proletariat or an entire electorate. But it must take at least some account of other opinion. If it outrages the prejudices, the aspirations, the livelihood of the masses, it may find, however overwhelming its own power, that government becomes impossible. It must thus always to some extent conciliate the most vital interests and aspirations of those it governs.1

Keywords

Public Opinion Foreign Policy Vital Interest Opinion Conflict Totalitarian State 
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© Evan Luard 1988

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