Political Theory Today

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Stanford University Press, 1991 - Political Science - 360 pages
What is the proper subject matter for political theory? Uncertainty about the most appropriate way of answering these questions provides the key rationales for this volume: to provide a comprehensive overview of the central questions and debates in contemporary political thought and to offer guidelines for the reformulation of political theory made necessary by the philosophical and substantive problems it faces today.

The twelve essays in this book examine some of the classic traditional questions of political theory: the nature of obligation, equality, liberty, the public, the private, democracy, and justice. They also examine questions that relate these notions to a broader framework encompassing the many recent changes in the nation-state, forms of sovereignty, domestic and international law, violence and warfare, and domestic and international political economy.

The contributors are leading scholars in political theory from the United States, Europe, and Africa: Samir Amin, Charles Beitz, Antonio Cassese, John Dunn, Jon Elster, David Held, Agnes Heller, Steven Lukes, Iain McLean, Claus Offe, Susan Moller Okin, Onora O'Neill and Ulrich K. Preuss.

 

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Contents

Editors Introduction
1
Jbo John Dunn
23
Must they Conflict?
48
Gender the Public and the Private
67
Beyond Private versus Common
91
The Possibility of Rational Politics
115
Democratic Institutions and Moral Resources
143
Forms of Representation and Systems of Voting
172
Democracy the NationState and the Global System
197
Violence War and the Rule of Law in the International
211
Sovereignty and Morality in International Affairs
236
Transnational Justice
276
The State and Development
305
The Concept of the Political Revisited
330
Index
344
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David Held is Professor of Politics and Sociology at Open University, and the author of several books, most recently Political Theory and the Modern State: Essays on State, Power, and Democracy.

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