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Political Theory In Transition [Hardcover]

Noel O'Sullivan
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April 20, 2000 1857288548 978-1857288544 0
During the past two decades there has been increasing dissatisfaction with established political categories, on the grounds that they no longer fit many of the facts of contemporary life, or adequately express many contemporary political ideals. Political Theory in Transition explores the principal reasons for this dissatisfaction and outlines some of the most influential responses to it.

Key features of this textbook:

* covers many of the important areas in political theory including: Communitarianism; Identity; Feminism; Liberalism; Citizenship; Democracy; Power; Authority; Legitimacy; Nationalism; Globalization; and the Environment
* includes chapters written by some of the foremost authorities in the field of political theory
* divided into four useful sections, beginning with the concept of the individual, and progressing to beyond the nation-state.

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...Noel O'Sullivan has produced an excellent and stimulating introduction to the current concern of political theorist. Canadian Journal of Political Science Vol. 35, No, 1 .
The contributors are to be congratulated, however, in providing such a fine introduction to the diverse topics and concerns of contemporray political theorist. Canadian Journal of Political Science Vol, 35, No. 1. .

About the Author

Noel O' Sullivan is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Hull

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (April 20, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857288548
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857288544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,424,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Hard going, strictly for the dedicated April 12, 2002
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This book formed the basis for an honours seminar course in politics. Whilst there are a huge variety of topics in contemporary political theory covered, unfortunately the impression one gets is of serious space limitations placed upon each contributing author. The weakenss in many of the contributions is the continual reference to theorists and authors that, unless the reader were deeply schooled in political theory, serve only to confuse the reader and leave the the reader struggling to make sense of the author's argument. The feeling of space limitations arises from the way many of the contributors assume the reader is already familiar with many of the theorists and authors mentioned and the failure to provide even more than a rudimentary background sketch of the theoretical 'schools' referred to.
Undoubtedly the contributors to the volume are knowledgeable in their field, but the going is very hard in much of the book for even a relatively half-interested reader. In many instances, the reader struggles to gain a 'big-picture' overview of the subject, and is left feeling led into the by-ways and country lanes of political theory. This book is strictly for those dedicated to modern political theory at honours level or above. Pity the student forced to read this book for a university course.
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