Sovereigntys promise the state as fiduciary evan fox decent oxford constitutional theory develops a bold and provocative theory of political authority and its constitutional limits grounded in the idea of a fiduciary relationship between the state and its people. This book develops an original constitutional theory of political authority that yields novel answers to both sets of questions fox decent argues that the state is a fiduciary of its people and that this fiduciary relationship grounds the states authority to announce and enforce law. Sovereigntys promise the state as fiduciary evan fox decent series oxford constitutional theory political theory is traditionally concerned with the justification and limits of state power. In 2012 professor fox decents book sovereigntys promise the state as fiduciary was shortlisted by the canadian political science association for its tenth cb macpherson prize for best book published in english or french related to political theory. Abstract this is chapter 4 of sovereigntys promise titled fiduciary relationships and the presumption of trust in the book i argue that the state is a fiduciary of its people and that this fiduciary relationship grounds the states authority to announce and enforce law
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