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Democratic Political Tragedy in the Postcolony: The Tragedy of Postcoloniality in Michael Manley’s Jamaica and Nelson Mandela’s South Africa

Democratic Political Tragedy in the Postcolony: The Tragedy of Postcoloniality in Michael Manley’s Jamaica and Nelson Mandela’s South Africa

1st Edition

Greg A. Graham
November 08, 2017

A ground-breaking work in Africana political thought that links the plight of progressive political endeavors in Africa with those in the Diaspora and beyond, Democratic Tragedy in the Postcolony engages with two of the defining political sagas of the postcolonial era. The book presents Michael...

Compromise and Disagreement in Contemporary Political Theory

Compromise and Disagreement in Contemporary Political Theory

1st Edition

Christian Rostboll, Theresa Scavenius
November 03, 2017

Until recently, discussions of compromise have been largely absent in political theory. However, political theorists have become increasingly interested in understanding the practice and justification of compromise in politics. This interest is connected to the increased concern with pluralism and...

The Politics of Economic Life

The Politics of Economic Life

1st Edition

Martin Beckstein
October 13, 2017

In recent years, economic life has become increasingly politicized: now, every company has a ‘philosophy’, promising its customers some ethical surplus in return for buying their products; consumers shop for change; workers engage in individualized forms of employee activism such as whistleblowing;...

Epistemontology in Spinoza-Marx-Freud-Lacan: The (Bio)Power of Structure

Epistemontology in Spinoza-Marx-Freud-Lacan: The (Bio)Power of Structure

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A. Kiarina Kordela
October 03, 2017

A. Kiarina Kordela steps beyond extant commentaries on Marx’s theory of commodity fetishism—from A. Sohn-Rethel to L. Althusser, É. Balibar, Slavoj Žižek, and others—to show that in capitalism value is the manifestation of the homology between thought and being, while their other aspect—power—is...

A Conceptual Investigation of Justice

A Conceptual Investigation of Justice

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Kyle Johannsen
October 02, 2017

Conceptual analysis has fallen out of favor in political philosophy. The influence of figures like John Rawls and Ronald Dworkin has led political philosophy to focus on questions about what should be done, and to ignore questions about the usage of words. In this book, Kyle Johannsen calls for...

Democracy Beyond the Nation State: Practicing Equality

Democracy Beyond the Nation State: Practicing Equality

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Joe Parker
June 08, 2017

Democracy promises rule by all, not by the few. Yet, electoral democracies limit decision-making to representatives and have always had a weakness for inequality. How might democracy serve all rather than the few? Democracy Beyond the Nation State: Practicing Equality examines communities that...

Epistemic Liberalism: A Defence

Epistemic Liberalism: A Defence

1st Edition

Adam James Tebble
June 07, 2017

In the wake of what has come to be called the ‘cultural turn’, it is often asked how the state should respond to the different and sometimes conflicting justice claims made by its citizens and what, ultimately, is the purpose of justice in culturally diverse societies. Building upon the work of a...

Reclaiming Representation: Contemporary Advances in the Theory of Political Representation

Reclaiming Representation: Contemporary Advances in the Theory of Political Representation

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Monica Brito Vieira
May 25, 2017

Representation is integral to the functioning and legitimacy of modern government. Yet political theorists have often been reluctant to engage directly with questions of representation, and empirical political scientists have closed down such questions by making representation synonymous with...

Critical Urban Theory, Common Property, and “the Political”: Desire and Drive in the City

Critical Urban Theory, Common Property, and “the Political”: Desire and Drive in the City

1st Edition

Dan Webb
May 17, 2017

Dan Webb explores an undervalued topic in the formal discipline of Political Theory (and political science, more broadly): the urban as a level of political analysis and political struggles in urban space. Because the city and urban space is so prominent in other critical disciplines, most notably,...

Political Philosophy, Empathy and Political Justice

Political Philosophy, Empathy and Political Justice

1st Edition

Matt Edge
April 13, 2017

In this work, Matt Edge offers an innovative approach to political philosophy. He invites the reader to consider the question of political justice from an empathic perspective - if you were asked to construct a theory of justice acceptable to members of a community you were not yourself a part of,...

Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalisation

Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalisation

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Adam K. Webb
March 31, 2017

Too often, observers of globalization take for granted that the common ground across cultures is a thin layer of consumerism and perhaps human rights. If so, then anything deeper and more traditional would be placebound, and probably destined for the dustbin of history. But must this be so? Must we...

Scientific Statesmanship, Governance and the History of Political Philosophy

Scientific Statesmanship, Governance and the History of Political Philosophy

1st Edition

Kyriakos N. Demetriou, Antis Loizides
March 14, 2017

Over the centuries, the question of "good" or "effective" governance has undergone several transformations and ramifications to fit within certain social, cultural and historical contexts. What defines political knowledge? What is the measure of expert political leadership? Various interpretations,...

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