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dc.contributor.authorWhincop, Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T16:37:12Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T16:37:12Z
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.identifier.issn10383441en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/5474
dc.description.abstractThis article studies the conceptions of governance that appear in the fantasy literature. Although these works often alternate between monarchical governance (along medieval European lines) and hieratic governance (by priestly or wizardly orders), they often portray communities in which governments function as the classic nightwatchman of libertarian idealism - despite the typical sagacity and virtue of the governors. This seems to be a paradox, since small government is often thought to protect citizens against the rapacity or opportunism of the governors. I untangle this paradox by analysing the ethical principles developed in the Earthsea Trilogy, written by Ursula Le Guin. That book indicates an ethic of power - that, as one's power grows, so too do the constraints on its exercise to which one should adhere. The justifications for this idea are not dissimilar to the general theory of the second best in microeconomics. I analyse the implications of these principles for both children and adults.en_US
dc.description.peerreviewedYesen_US
dc.description.publicationstatusYesen_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherGriffith Universityen_US
dc.publisher.placeNathan, Qlden_US
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.griffith.edu.au/criminology-law/griffith-law-review/previous-issues/volumes-12-19/volume-13-1-2004en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom94en_US
dc.relation.ispartofpageto114en_US
dc.relation.ispartofissue1en_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalGriffith Law Reviewen_US
dc.relation.ispartofvolume13en_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode390199en_US
dc.titleFable and fantasy : justice, governance and the nightwatchman state in Le Guin's Earthsea trilogyen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Peer Reviewed (HERDC)en_US
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articlesen_US
gro.facultyArts, Education & Law Group, School of Lawen_US
gro.date.issued2015-01-20T01:06:31Z
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