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Political Theory - Supplementary reading

2015 | Book

Political Ideology in Britain

As well as introducing the "mainstream" ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism, this text examines challenges from nationalist, feminist and Green thinkers, amongst others. Now in its ...

Robert Leach

2016 | Political Science | Book

Applying Political Theory

Issues and Debates

Fully revised and extended, the new edition of this innovative and engaging textbook introduces the central elements of political theory from an applied perspective. Focusing on 12 high-profile contemporary social and political case studies, both …

Katherine Smits

2008 | Political Science | Book

A New Politics of Identity

Political Principles for an Interdependent World

The New Politics of Identity pursues many of the central issues raised in the author's Rethinking Multiculturalism focusing in particular on their consequences for global politics. Parekh develops a theory of identity that combines respect for …

Bhikhu Parekh

2010 | Political Science | Book

Beyond Paradigms

Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics

While paradigm-bound research has generated powerful insights in international relations, it has fostered a tunnel vision that hinders progress and widens the chasm between theory and policy. In this important new book, Sil and Katzenstein draw …

Rudra Sil, Peter J. Katzenstein

2016 | Political Science | Book

Contemporary Political Theory

Introducing the major theories, issues and concepts in contemporary political theory, this text is a comprehensive and engaging introduction to the field. The book examines a range of topics to explore questions such as:

• What kinds of political …

Andrew Shorten

2012 | Political Science | Book

Deliberative Democracy

A Critical Introduction

In spite of the global diffusion of democracy and a general commitment to democratic values, there is a widespread alienation from the political process in advanced democracies. Deliberative democracy has received much attention in recent years as …

Zsuzsanna Chappell

2007 | Political Science | Book


This wide-ranging text identifies and assesses the main conceptions of democracy from participationist to elitist. It proceeds to consider in detail a range of key issues in democratic theory in relation to which these conceptions can be …

Albert Weale

2013 | Political Science | Book

Democracy in Crisis?

Politics, Governance and Policy

This major new text provides an original and comprehensive assessment of key contemporary trends in democratic politics and governance across major established democracies of the world.

Yannis Papadopoulos

2005 | Political Science | Book

History of Western Political Thought

A Thematic Introduction

This wide-ranging text identifies and assesses the main conceptions of democracy from participationist to elitist. It proceeds to consider in detail a range of key issues in democratic theory in relation to which these conceptions can be …

John Morrow

2014 | Political Science | Book

Human Rights

What are human rights? Why do we have them? How do we know for sure which rights are specific to humans? And how should we respond when we disagree on them and on the obligations we owe to others who claim human rights? These are just a few of the …

Kerri Woods

2015 | Political Science | Book

International Political Theory

An Introduction

This innovative text explores international relations with the tools of political theory. In so doing, it contributes to and advances the idea of international political theory.

The book focuses on four key concepts – authority, rules, rights, and …

Anthony F. Lang Jr

2010 | Political Science | Book


The substantially revised third edition of this widely-used text introduces nine major theoretical approaches and their key protagonists, including a new chapter on global justice, and assesses their ability to generate clear, consistent and …

Tom Campbell

2010 | Political Science | Book

Political Obligation

How should we understand the relationship between citizens and governments, and what are the obligations of citizens? In this substantially revised new edition of an influential text, John Horton challenges dominant theories by offering an …

John Horton

2009 | Political Science | Book

The Democratic Challenge

Rethinking Democracy and Democratization

This text provides a critical but systematic overview of democratic theory and practice in the contemporary world. The authors show that recent developments are more complex than admitted by proponents of the idea of a democratic world with, what …

Jorge Nef, Bernd Reiter

2009 | Political Science | Book

Theories of the Democratic State

We live in a world governed by states whose enduring importance and domination of contemporary politics has been strikingly underlined by their renewed activism in the face of a global economic crisis.

Yet the very nature of states remains deeply …

John S. Dryzek, Patrick Dunleavy

2017 | Book

Politics and Social Theory

The Inescapably Social, the Irreducibly Political

Under present social conditions, neither social theorists nor political scientists can afford to ignore one another. This book is a clear, structured account of the relationship between politics and social theory, examining both the political …

Will Leggett