Theories of the State

The Politics of Liberal Democracy

Author: Patrick Dunleavy

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1349186651

Category: State, The

Page: 400

View: 1500

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Discusses Pluralist, New Right, Elitist, Marxist and Neo-pluralist theories. Provides summary of intellectual origins, methodology and key strengths and weaknesses with examples from United States, Western Europe, etc.
Release

Passions and Constraint

On the Theory of Liberal Democracy

Author: Stephen Holmes

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226349695

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

View: 7314

DOWNLOAD NOW »

An elegantly written and subtly conceived historical reconstruction of liberalism, Passions and Constraint is a compelling assessment of what that tradition has meant and what it can mean today.
Release

Theories of the Democratic State

Author: John Dryzek,Patrick Dunleavy

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230366457

Category: Political Science

Page: 392

View: 9404

DOWNLOAD NOW »

We live in a world governed by states whose enduring importance and domination of contemporary politics has been strikingly underlined by their renewed activism in the face of a global economic crisis. Yet the very nature of states remains deeply contested, with a range of competing theories offering very different views of how they actually do or should operate. In the past this competition has lead to deep ideological conflict – and even to war. In this major new work, John S. Dryzek and Patrick Dunleavy provide a broad-ranging assessment of classical and contemporary theories of the state, focusing primarily on the democratic state form that has come to dominate modern politics. The authors' starting point is the classical theories of the state: pluralism, elite theory, Marxism and market liberalism. They then turn to the contemporary forms of pluralism prevalent in political science, systematically exploring how they address central issues, such as networked governance, globalization, and changing patterns of electoral and identity politics. They proceed to analyse a range of key contemporary critiques of modern states and democracy that have emerged from feminism, environmentalism, neo-conservatism and post-modernism. Each approach is carefully introduced and analysed as far as possible in relation to a common set of issues and headings. Theories of the Democratic State takes the reader straight to the heart of contemporary issues and debates and, in the process, provides a challenging and distinctive introduction to and reassessment of contemporary political science.
Release

Models of Democracy

Author: David Held

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804754729

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 1306

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Models of Democracy provides a critical reassessment of major theories of democracy from ancient Greece to the present, along with the author's own prescription for revitalizing contemporary democratic politics.
Release

“The” Modern State

Theories and Ideologies

Author: Erika Cudworth,Timothy Hall,John McGovern

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Political Science

Page: 322

View: 5821

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Broad ranging in its coverage of the liberal democratic state and other, non-democratic state formations, the book offers chapters on each of the core theories of the modern state. Each chapter is structured in the same way to allow for ease of cross-referencing and for comparisons to be drawn between theories, with parts on Context, Definition, Theorists and Practical Politics. There are chapters on: -The Emergence of the Modern State -Liberalism -Elite Theories -Marxism-Socialism -Anarchism-Conservatism -Fascism-Feminisms -The New Right-Fundamentalism-Futures The authors work on the premise that theory is relevant to everyday life, helping us to understand current political transitions and institutional formations and practices. Taking a practical view of politics, each chapter illustrates how state theory has been deployed in recent historical contexts and policy initiatives, using examples to bring the theory to life. Key Features: Unique in considering the liberal democratic state and other, non-democratic state formations Includes a wide range of examples, such as Marxist states in Eastern Europe and non-secular, militarist and emergent democratic states in the developing world Covers a wide theoretical range and includes less well-known ideas and approaches such as those of fundamentalism, fascism and anarchism Shows how different theories of the state have affected the framing and implementation of policies, or the history of political parties and movements
Release

The Ethics and Politics of Asylum

Liberal Democracy and the Response to Refugees

Author: Matthew J. Gibney

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521009379

Category: Law

Page: 287

View: 6324

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Over the last two decades, asylum has become a highly charged political issue across developed countries. This book draws upon political and ethical theory and an examination of the experiences of the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia to consider how to respond to the challenges of asylum. In addition to explaining why asylum has emerged as such a key political issue, it provides a compelling account of how states could move towards implenting morally defensible responses to refugees.
Release

Political Theory in Transition

Author: Noël O'Sullivan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9781857288551

Category: Philosophy

Page: 264

View: 2710

DOWNLOAD NOW »

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.
Release

Political Theory Today

Author: David Held

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804718981

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 8347

DOWNLOAD NOW »

What is the proper subject matter for political theory? Uncertainty about the most appropriate way of answering these questions provides the key rationales for this volume: to provide a comprehensive overview of the central questions and debates in contemporary political thought and to offer guidelines for the reformulation of political theory made necessary by the philosophical and substantive problems it faces today. The twelve essays in this book examine some of the classic traditional questions of political theory: the nature of obligation, equality, liberty, the public, the private, democracy, and justice. They also examine questions that relate these notions to a broader framework encompassing the many recent changes in the nation-state, forms of sovereignty, domestic and international law, violence and warfare, and domestic and international political economy. The contributors are leading scholars in political theory from the United States, Europe, and Africa: Samir Amin, Charles Beitz, Antonio Cassese, John Dunn, Jon Elster, David Held, Agnes Heller, Steven Lukes, Iain McLean, Claus Offe, Susan Moller Okin, Onora O'Neill and Ulrich K. Preuss.
Release

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy

A Straussian Perspective

Author: Kenneth L. Deutsch,Walter Soffer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887063886

Category: Political Science

Page: 304

View: 8132

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Explores Strauss's teaching on natural right and the tradition of political philosophy and how his perspectives have influenced European and American liberal theory.
Release