CO-DUTIES: Democratic Duties, Collective Action, and the Greater Good after COVID-19

Led by Simon Reid-Henry
Jul 2021 - Jun 2024
CO-DUTIES aims to provide novel insights into the performance of individual duties in order to better understand how voluntary engagement in democratic societies may address large-scale collective action problems. 

To achieve this primary objective the project poses three basic research questions, addressing its historical, political and normative aspects in turn:
  • How has the treatment of rights and duties in political and legal discourse changed in the post-1945 period such that imperfect duties of virtue, in particular, have lost their political status? 
  • How were each of (vertical) civic duties, (horizontal) humanitarian duties, and (mixed) associative duties, understood, framed, and enacted during and after the Coronavirus lockdowns in three liberal democracies: Norway, France and the UK?
  • How can empirical understanding of this resurgence of duties inform a theoretical account of the prospects for collective action in response to “greater good” causes?