ABSTRACT

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.

Part 1: The Concept of the Individual 1. Communitarianism and its Legacy 2. Identity, Diversity and the Politics of Recognition Part 2: Citizenship, Democracy, and the Nature of the Political in Conditions of Social Diversity 3. The New Feminism 4. Cultural Diversity and the Limits of Liberalism 5. Citizenship Beyond the Nation State: The case of Europe 6. For an Agonistic Model of Democracy 7. Power, Authority and Legitimacy: A critique of postmodern political thought Part 3: The Significance of National and Global Contexts 8. Nationalism and Political Theory 9. Globalization, the Nation State and Political Theory 10. The Borders of (International) Political Theory Part 4: The Nature and Limits of Political Theory 11. Political Theory and the Environment: The grey and the green (and the in-between) 12. Political Theory in Retreat?: Contemporary political theory and the historical order 13. Theorizing Political Theory