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Fabian Wendt suggests that the value of having widely accepted laws provides moral reasons to make compromises in politics. Having widely accepted laws is valuable, he argues, because it reduces enforcement costs, has symbolic value, helps to maintain peace, and realizes the value of non-subjugation. While being widely accepted is always a good-making quality of law, Wendt does not argue that this is sufficient to determine whether a law merits our support, all things considered. The value of having widely accepted laws is a pro tanto value only. But he claims that due to a tendency to adopt the status quo, it justifies a modest and qualified status quo bias.

Wendt, Fabian. “Compromise and the Value of Widely Accepted Laws.” Compromise and Disagreement in Contemporary Political Theory. Routledge, 2017. 50-62.