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Rethinking State Theory

Rethinking State Theory

1st Edition

Mark J Smith, Mark J. Smith
December 16, 2013

In the last two decades, objects of analysis such as 'the state' have increasingly been seen as uncertain and contested theoretical concepts. Mark J. Smith presents a counter argument that highlights how existing theoretical approaches can provide useful tools for understanding contemporary...

Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights

Multiculturalism, Identity and Rights

1st Edition

Bruce Haddock, Peter Sutch
December 12, 2013

This innovative volume brings a selection of leading political theorists to the wide-ranging debate on multiculturalism and political legitimacy. By focusing on the challenge to mainstream liberal theory posed by the surge of interest in the rights of minority groups and subcultures within states,...

Dialectics and Contemporary Politics: Critique and Transformation from Hegel through Post-Marxism

Dialectics and Contemporary Politics: Critique and Transformation from Hegel through Post-Marxism

1st Edition

John Grant
September 23, 2013

Dialectics and Contemporary Politics recasts dialectical thought for a post-Marxist age in which labour movement politics is just one political option among many. The book is organized thematically around concepts such as immanent critique, ideology, experience, and resistance, and according to...

Deleuze and World Politics: Alter-Globalizations and Nomad Science

Deleuze and World Politics: Alter-Globalizations and Nomad Science

1st Edition

Peter Lenco
August 08, 2013

The central argument of this book is that the univocal ontology and corresponding immanent metaphysics of the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) can provide a theoretical perspective capable of accounting for the complex nature of world politics. Drawing on a wide variety of Deleuze’s...

Gramsci and Global Politics: Hegemony and resistance

Gramsci and Global Politics: Hegemony and resistance

1st Edition

Mark McNally, John Schwarzmantel
March 22, 2013

The aim of this book is to explain and assess the relevance of the ideas of Gramsci to a world fundamentally transformed from that in which his thought was developed. It takes some of Gramsci’s best-known concepts – hegemony, civil society, passive revolution, the national-popular, trasformismo,...

Popular Sovereignty in the West: Polities, Contention, and Ideas

Popular Sovereignty in the West: Polities, Contention, and Ideas

1st Edition

Geneviève Nootens
March 21, 2013

This book is an inquiry into the history of the idea of popular sovereignty as it has been shaped by the struggles between rulers and ruled. It builds on the notion that a thorough analysis of how the idea of popular sovereignty emerges from, and interacts with, a political history of contention...

Rethinking Gramsci

Rethinking Gramsci

1st Edition

Marcus E. Green
February 15, 2013

This edited volume provides a coherent and comprehensive assessment of Antonio Gramsci's significant contribution to the fields of political and cultural theory. It contains seminal contributions from a broad range of important political and cultural theorists from around the world and explains the...

Democracy and Pluralism: The Political Thought of William E. Connolly

Democracy and Pluralism: The Political Thought of William E. Connolly

1st Edition

Alan Finlayson
December 30, 2011

William E. Connolly’s political theory forms a distinct and influential contribution to contemporary debates about the nature and prospects of democratic life in the twenty-first century. His original conceptualisations of pluralism, naturalism, the politics of the body, religion, secularism and...

Utopian Politics: Citizenship and Practice

Utopian Politics: Citizenship and Practice

1st Edition

Rhiannon Firth
November 02, 2011

In the context of global problems such as the economic downturn, escalating inequality, terrorism, resource depletion and climate change, cynicism prevails in contemporary politics, which need not be the case. Utopian Politics confronts a world intensely aware of the problems that we face and sadly...

Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict

Multiculturalism and Moral Conflict

1st Edition

Maria Dimova-Cookson, Peter Stirk
October 07, 2011

Multiculturalism is higher on the daily political agenda than it has ever been. Leading politicians and public commentators speak with an unparalleled bluntness about the perceived limitations of multiculturalism while representatives of cultural, minorities express concern about marginalisation....

Liberal Democracy as the End of History: Fukuyama and Postmodern Challenges

Liberal Democracy as the End of History: Fukuyama and Postmodern Challenges

1st Edition

Christopher Hughes
September 30, 2011

Francis Fukuyama claims that liberal democracy is the end of history. This book provides a theoretical re-examination of this claim through postmodernist ideas. The book argues that postmodern ideas provide a valuable critique to Fukuyama’s thesis, and poses the questions: can we talk about a...

Principles and Political Order: The Challenge of Diversity

Principles and Political Order: The Challenge of Diversity

1st Edition

Bruce Haddock, Peri Roberts, Peter Sutch
March 30, 2011

An ideal new multi-disciplinary volume for students and scholars of philosophy, contemporary political theory, and international relations. This volume offers key insights into the work of the chief figures in the contemporary debate surrounding thin universalism and presents a...

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