The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

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The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science is a ten-volume set of reference books offering authoritative and engaging critical overviews of the state of political science. Each volume focuses on a particular part of the discipline, with volumes on Public Policy, Political Theory, Political Economy, Contextual Political Analysis, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Law and Politics, Political Behavior, Political Institutions, and Political Methodology. The project as a whole is under the General Editorship of Robert E. Goodin, with each volume being edited by a distinguished international group of specialists in their respective fields. The books set out not just to report on the discipline, but to shape it. The series will be an indispensable point of reference for anyone working in political science and adjacent disciplines. Long recognized as one of the main branches of political science, political theory has in recent years burgeoned in many different directions. Close textual analysis of historical texts sits alongside more analytical work on the nature and normative grounds of political values.
Continental and post-modern influences jostle with ones from economics, history, sociology, and the law. Feminist concerns with embodiment make us look at old problems in new ways, and challenges of new technologies open whole new vistas for political theory. This Handbook provides comprehensive and critical coverage of the lively and contested field of political theory, and will help set the agenda for the field for years to come. Forty-five chapters by distinguished political theorists look at the state of the field, where it has been in the recent past, and where it is likely to go in future. They examine political theory's edges as well as its core, the globalizing context of the field, and the challenges presented by social, economic, and technological changes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 904 pages
  • 170 x 248 x 54mm | 1,700.99g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • figures and tables in text
  • 0199270031
  • 9780199270033

Table of contents

Introduction; I. CONTEMPORARY CURRENTS; 1. Justice After Rawls; 2. Power After Foucault; 3. Critical Theory Beyond Habermas; 4. Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought; 5. After the Linguistic Turn: Poststructuralist and Liberal Pragmatist Political Theory; 6. The Pluralist Imagination; II. THE LEGACY OF THE PAST; 7. Theory in History: Problems of Context and Narrative; 8. The Political Theory of Classical Greece; 9. Republican Visions; 10. Modernity and its Critics; 11. The History of Political Thought, as Disciplinary Genre; III. POLITICAL THEORY IN THE WORLD; 12. The Challenge of European Union; 13. East Asia and the West: The Impact of Confucianism on Anglo-American Political Thought; 14. In the Beginning all the World was America: American Exceptionalism in New Contexts; 15. Changing Interpretations of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Political Theory; IV. STATE AND PEOPLE; 16. Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law; 17. Emergency Powers; 18. The People; 19. Civil Society and State; 20. Democracy and the State; 21. Democracy and Citizenship: Expanding Domains; V. JUSTICE, EQUALITY, AND FREEDOM; 22. Impartiality; 23. Justice, Luck, and Desert; 24. Recognition and Redistribution; 25. Equality and Difference; 26. Liberty, Equality, and Property; 27. Historical Injustice; VI. PLURALISM, MULTICULTURALISM, AND NATIONALISM; 28. Nationalism; 29. Multiculturalism and its Critics; 30. Identity, Difference, Toleration; 31. Moral Universalism and Cultural Difference; VII. CLAIMS IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT; 32. Human Rights; 33. From International to Gloabl Justice?; 34. Political Secularism; 35. Multi-Culturalism and Post-Colonialism; VIII. THE BODY POLITIC; 36. Politicizing the Body: Property, Contract, and Rights; 37. New Ways of Thinking About Privacy; 38. New Technologies of the Body; 39. Paranoia and Political Philosophy; IX. TESTING THE BOUNDARIES; 40. Political Theory and Cultural Studies; 41. Political Theory and the Environment; 42. Political Theory and Political Economy; 43. Political Theory and Social Theory; X. OLD AND NEW; 44. Then and Now: Participant-Observation in Political Theory; 45. Exile and Re-Entry: Political Theory Yesterday and Tomorrow
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The contributors of these chapters are an impressive array of talants... To read their contributions is to learn of the edd and flow of current debates, discussions and conclusions of political theory understood most broadly... the editors have done great service to political theory with this stock taking and assessment, which is at once thorough, well thought out, systematic, creative and - at time - risk taking. It belongs on the shelves of all philosopher-monarchs. Michael Jackson, University of Sydney Spanning all of the major substantive areas and approaches in modern political science, this blockbuster set is a must-have for scholars and students alike. Each volume is crafted by a distinguished set of editors who have assembled critical, comprehensive, essays to survey accumulated knowledge and emerging issues in the study of politics. These volumes will help to shape the discipline for many years to come. Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University Judging from the editors, contributors, and topics covered, the forthcoming Oxford Handbooks of Political Science will be a landmark series...This is a series that not only university libraries, but more specialized social science and political science libraries, will want to have on their shelves Robert O. Keohane, Professor of International Affairs, Princeton University This extraordinary series offers 'state of the art' assessments that instruct, engage, and provoke. Both synoptic and directive, the fine essays across these superbly edited volumes reflect the ambitions and diversity of political science. No one who is immersed in the discipline's controversies and possibilities should miss the intellectual stimulation and critical appraisal these works so powerfully provide. Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University Under the general editorship of Robert E. Goodin, a large group of intellectually attractive authors has charted the entire field of political science in an unbiased multi-paradigmatic way. Minerva's owl would make a nice logo for this monumental collective work of the Oxford Handbooks: what moves us forward is looking back at what we know. Claus Offe, Professor of Political Science, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and Institute for Social Science, Humboldt University, Berlin. This is a unique and impressive set of analyses about scholarship in political theory. It is comprehensive, as we would expect. Beyond that, it is remarkably creative in the way that Dryzek, Honig and Phillips have organized categories, and it includes much overdue reference to scholarship on non-Western and postcolonial thought. Iris Marion Young, Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago A paramount effort coordinated by Robert Goodin for Oxford University Press has produced an impressive set of ten volumes about the state of the discipline, the Oxford Handbook of Political Science, which has become an instant must. Josep Colomer's Weekly Blog
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