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Political Obligation in a Liberal State
Political Obligation in a Liberal State (July 1989)
Steven M. DeLue - Author

The tension between the individualist view and the communalist view dominates current debate about liberal politics. DeLue establishes a basis for political discourse in a liberal society--an enlarged discourse that allows people of both views to be critically reflective citizens with the necessary strong sense of obligation to the state. DeLue describes this enlarged culture and prescribes what the state must do to nurture it....(Read More)
Women, the State, and Development
Women, the State, and Development (July 1989)
Sue Ellen M. Charlton - Editor
Jana Everett - Editor
Kathleen Staudt - Editor

This book reflects the most current scholarship on states, socioeconomic development, and feminist theory to emerge this decade. Addressed are issues such as the role of state policies and ideologies in defining gender differences, state influence over the boundaries between public and domestic spheres, state control over women's productive and reproductive lives, and the efforts of women to influence state policy.

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Theoretical Issues in Policy Analysis
Theoretical Issues in Policy Analysis (August 1988)
M. E. Hawkesworth - Author

What is the relation between policy analysis and political decision-making? Is the policy analyst a handmaiden of democracy or an agent of technocracy? Do recent debates in the policy literature illuminate or obfuscate these issues? What analytic techniques are available to resolve such questions?

This study considers the nature of policy inquiry in detail and explores norms and theoretical assumptions seldom subjected to scrutiny. The au...(Read More)
Idioms of Inquiry
Idioms of Inquiry (July 1987)
Critique and Renewal in Political Science
Terence Ball - Editor

Idioms of Inquiry reflects the most recent and creative thinking in the field of political theory. The contributors agree that the old orthodox political theory is no longer viable, arguing instead for a pluralism of approaches. Each takes a particular idiom of inquiry on its own terms and analyzes its plausibility and internal limitations. The idioms discussed cover the current leading theories: rational choice, Popperian situational analys...(Read More)
Socrates and the Political Community
Socrates and the Political Community (July 1987)
An Ancient Debate
Mary P. Nichols - Author

This book takes a fresh look at Socrates as he appeared to three ancient writers: Aristophanes, who attacked him for his theoretical studies; Plato, who immortalized him in his dialogues; and Aristotle, who criticized his political views. It addresses the questions of the interrelation of politics and philosophy by looking at Aristophanes' Clouds, Plato's Republic, and Book II of Aristotle's Politics--three sides of a debate o...(Read More)
The Crisis of Liberal Democracy
The Crisis of Liberal Democracy (January 1987)
A Straussian Perspective
Kenneth L. Deutsch - Editor
Walter Soffer - Editor

The Crisis of Liberal Democracy is the first book devoted exclusively to Leo Strauss, one of the most influential and controversial political thinkers of the twentieth century. This work includes essays which illustrate and evaluate Strauss' teaching on natural right and the tradition of political philosophy and demonstrate how Strauss' perspectives have influenced European and American liberal theory. In keeping with Strauss' commitment to...(Read More)
Person and Polis
Person and Polis (January 1987)
Max Scheler's Personalism as Political Theory
Stephen F. Schneck - Author

Martin Heidegger cited him as "the most potent philosophical power ... in all of contemporary philosophy." Ortega y Gasset called him "the first man of genius, the Adam of the new Paradise." Writing at a crucial time in intellectual history, his influence has extended to persons as diverse as Dietrich von Hildebrand, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Karol Wojtyla, Jurgen Habermas, Ernst Bloch, and members of the generation of thinkers that developed in the G...(Read More)
Tradition, Interpretation, and Science
Tradition, Interpretation, and Science (November 1986)
Political Theory in the American Academy
John S. Nelson - Editor

This book reassesses the academic field of political theory and brings into sharp relief its problems and opportunities. Here for the first time, diverse theorists coordinate their arguments through a common focus. This focus is the writing of John G. Gunnell.

Gunnell attacks a set of myths said to plague almost every recent theory about politics: the myth of the given, the myth of science, myths of theory, and myth of the tradition, and th...(Read More)
Disenchanted Realists
Disenchanted Realists (June 1985)
Political Science and the American Crisis
Raymond Seidelman - Author

Disenchanted Realists explores the intertwined fate of American political science and nineteenth and twentieth century liberal reforms. Beginning with the pre-history of political science in the 1880s, Seidelman and Harpham trace the development of political science in the Progressive period, the 1920s, the New Deal, the Cold War, the tumultuous sixties, and the crisis-ridden presidencies of Carter and Reagan.

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What Should Political Theory Be Now?
What Should Political Theory Be Now? (June 1984)
John S. Nelson - Editor

Confronted with the alienation of political theory from the practice of politics, prominent theorists respond in this book to the growing question: What should political theory be now? New and original contributions by such thinkers as Charles Anderson, John Gunnell, Terence Ball, Paul Kress, Ira Strauber, and William Connolly analyze the current malaise in the field and offer remedies for it. Each contribution is at once an argument about what i...(Read More)
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