Political Theory: An Introduction

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The fourth edition of this highly successful and accessible text has been substantially revised and updated and includes extra coverage throughout on non-western approaches and international political theory. Each chapter discusses a cluster of interrelated terms, examines how they have been used by different thinkers and in the various political traditions, and explores related debates and controversies.

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Overview

The fourth edition of this highly successful and accessible text has been substantially revised and updated and includes extra coverage throughout on non-western approaches and international political theory. Each chapter discusses a cluster of interrelated terms, examines how they have been used by different thinkers and in the various political traditions, and explores related debates and controversies.

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Editorial Reviews

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New edition of a text that introduces political theory and the key concepts in political analysis, referring to both classical theories and contemporary issues and arguments. In each chapter, Heywood (course director for politics, and director of studies at Orpington College) presents a cluster of interrelated terms, examines how they have been used by different thinkers and in the various traditions, and explores related debates and controversies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Reviews of previous edition:

"Here is a marvellous introductory tour through the territory of political theory… Heywood has charted the area so clearly and matched his lucid thinking with such accessible prose that his guided tour is a tour de force, an ideal primer for new students of politics at both advanced and university level." - Jessica Sarago, Times Educational Supplement

"[A] lucid and highly engaging introduction to political theory. Heywood covers a large range of ideas and issues and he is particularly good at taking a synoptic view of these and making them accessible for those coming to political theory for the first time. No matter how high the ideal or how abstract the concept, he never fails to make it intelligible and to illustrate its relevance for the real world of politics." - Peter Jones, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

"A brilliant text; superbly organised in terms of the complex subject matter, very perceptive and wonderfully clearly written. Quite the best book on political ideas available." - Bill Jones

"[A]n impressively comprehensive and clearly-written volume." - Harvey J. Kaye, Times Higher Education Supplement

"[N]ot only provides a remarkably lucid and informative analysis of a wide variety of theories and concepts, it also skilfully illustrates their relevance to modern-day political debates and developments… This is a fascinating and highly informative text which is clearly organised and written with wonderful clarity. Heywood conveys not only his undoubted expertise but also his enthusiasm for the subject." - Peter Dorey, Talking Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333961803
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/4/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.67 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Heywood is author of a range of best-selling student texts including Politics, Global Politics and Political Ideologies.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
1 Introduction: Concepts and Theories in Politics 1
2 Human Nature, the Individual and Society 16
3 Politics, Government and the State 51
4 Sovereignty, the Nation and Supranationalism 89
5 Power, Authority and Legitimacy 122
6 Law, Order and Justice 152
7 Rights, Obligations and Citizenship 187
8 Democracy, Representation and the Public Interest 220
9 Freedom, Toleration and Liberation 253
10 Equality, Social Justice and Welfare 285
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