Modern Italian Social Theory
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Modern Italian Social Theory : Ideology and Politics from Pareto to the Present

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This text provides a clear and systematic introduction to the development of social and political theory in modern Italy. It gives particular attention to relating the main traditions of Italian thought to the history of the country since unification. The work concentrates on six major thinkers, examining how their theoretical ideas influenced their analysis of political behaviour. The thinkers concerned are Pareto, Mosca, Labriola, Croce, Gentile and Gramsci. In discussing the respective theories of each author, the book situates them within the intellectual and social contexts to which they were addressed. The concluding chapter focuses on the recent debates between Bobbio, della Volpe and others about the validity of the Italian road to socialism and its compatibility with the liberal values and institutions of Western democracies.
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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 12mm | 320g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • Revised ed.
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745606172
  • 9780745606170
  • 2,242,658

Table of contents

The unification of Italy - making the ideal real; Vilfredo Pareto; Gaetano Mosca; Antonio Labriola; Benedetto Croce; Giovanni Gentile; Antonio Gramsci; Bobbio, della Volpe and the "Italian Road to Socialism"; conclusion - social theory and political action.
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