The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

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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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"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, Late Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199548439
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 900
  • Sales rank: 701,480
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John S. Dryzek is Professor of Social and Political Theory at Australian National University.

Bonnie Honig is Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University.

Anne Phillips is Professor of Gender Theory at the London School of Economics.

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Table of Contents

Introduction, John S Dryzek, Bonnie Honig, and Anne Phillips
1. Justice After Rawls, Richard Arneson
2. Power After Foucault, Wendy Brown
3. Critical Theory Beyond Habermas, William E Scheuerman
4. Feminist Theory and the Canon of Political Thought, Linda Zerilli
5. After the Linguistic Turn: Poststructuralist and Liberal Pragmatist Political Theory, Paul Patton
6. The Pluralist Imagination, David Schlosberg
7. Theory in History: Problems of Context and Narrative, J G A Pocock
8. The Political Theory of Classical Greece, Jill Frank
9. Republican Visions, Eric Nelson
10. Modernity and its Critics, Jane Bennett
11. The History of Political Thought, as Disciplinary Genre, James Farr
12. The Challenge of European Union, Richarad Bellamy
13. East Asia and the West: The Impact of Confucianism on Anglo-American Political Thought, Daniel A Bell
14. In the Beginning all the World was America: American Exceptionalism in New Contexts, Ronald J Schmidt Jr
15. Changing Interpretations of Modern and Contemporary Islamic Political Theory, Roxanne L Euben
16. Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law, Shannon Stimson
17. Emergency Powers, John Ferejohn and Pasquale Pasquino
18. The People, Margaret Canovan
19. Civil Society and State, Simone Chambers and Jeffrey Kopstein
20. Democracy and the State, Mark E Warren
21. Democracy and Citizenship: Expanding Domains, Michael Saward
22. Impartiality, Susan Mendus
23. Justice, Luck, and Desert, Serena Olsaretti
24. Recognition and Redistribution, Patchen Markell
25. Equality and Difference, Judith Squires
26. Liberty, Equality, and Property, Andrew Williams
27. Historical Injustice, Duncan Ivison
28. Nationalism, David Miller
29. Multiculturalism and its Critics, Jeffrey Spinner-Halev
30. Identity, Difference, Toleration, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
31. Moral Universalism and Cultural Difference, Chandran Kukathas
32. Human Rights, Jack Donnelly
33. From International to Gloabl Justice?, Chris Brown
34. Political Secularism, Rajeev Bhargava
35. Multi-Culturalism and Post-Colonialism, Paul Gilroy
36. Politicizing the Body: Property, Contract, and Rights, Moria Gatens
37. New Ways of Thinking About Privacy, Beate Roessler
38. New Technologies of the Body, Cécile Fabre
39. Paranoia and Political Philosophy, James M Glass
40. Political Theory and Cultural Studies, Jodi Dean
41. Political Theory and the Environment, John M Meyer
42. Political Theory and Political Economy, Stephen L Elkin
43. Political Theory and Social Theory, Christine Helliwell and Barry Hindess
44. Then and Now: Participant-Observation in Political Theory, William E Connolly
45. Exile and Re-Entry: Political Theory Yesterday and Tomorrow, Arlene W Saxonhouse

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