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Issues in Political Theory

Series editors: Peter Jones, Albert P. Weale

'A unique and useful series aimed at introducing readers to the intricacies of contemporary debates concerning fundamental political issues.' - J.P. Johnson, Choice.

Political Theory has undergone aremarkable development in recent years. From a state in which it was oncedeclared dead, it has come to occupy a central place in the study of Politics.Both political ideas and the wide-ranging arguments to which they give rise arenow treated in a rigorous, analytical fashion, and political theorists havecontributed to disciplines as diverse as economics, sociology and law. Thesedevelopments have made the subject more challenging and exciting, but they havealso added to the difficulties of students and others coming to the subject forthe first time. Much of the burgeoning literature in specialist books andjournals is readily intelligible only to those who are already well-versed inthe subject.


Issues in Political Theory is aseries conceived in response to this situation. It consists of a number ofdetailed and comprehensive studies of issues central to Political Theory whichtake account of the latest developments in scholarly debate. While makingoriginal contributions to the subject, books in the series are writtenespecially for those who are new to Political Theory. Each volume aims tointroduce its readers to the intricacies of a fundamental political issue andto help them find their way through the detailed, and often complicated,argument that that issue has attracted.

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