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Allyn Fives

power relation whose legitimacy is determined in some ways by the explicit, contractual consent of children? As already discussed, those who defend ‘the caretaker thesis’ reject the argument that children’s subordination to parental power ‘must be, and can only be, justified by their prior free grant of permission to the exercise of power’. This is the case because it is said that children ‘lack the mature capacities of reason and independent volition that are needed for the giving and withholding of permission to be possible’ (Archard, 2010, p. 46). Rawls’s account

in Evaluating parental power