Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory
- Colin Farrelly - University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Contemporary Political Theory | Political Theory & Thought (General)
Catriona McKinnon, University of York
This comprehensive textbook provides a complete and accessible introduction to the main theorists and issues in contemporary political theory today.
The text is organized into two major parts. The first, Contemporary Liberal Theory, outlines four distinct liberal theories of justice to introduce the work of Rawls, Nozick, Gauthier and Dworkin. The second, Alternative Traditions, introduces the theorists and themes associated with four key areas of contemporary debate: communitarianism, multiculturalism, deliberative democracy and feminism.
By giving students questions for consideration and using applied examples throughout, the text illustrates the practical relevance of contemporary theoretical debates to everyday issues in policy and politics.
The result is an essential overview of all the main traditions, issues and positions in political theory today that will serve as an invaluable resource for all students of contemporary political theory, political ideas and political philosophy.
Colin Farrelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory will complement Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader edited by Colin Farrelly and also published by SAGE Publications.
Useful for information on the state. Could be used to introduced the modern theory to compare to classical
Though limited mostly with liberal thinkers, a good reading material for the beginners of political thought.
Really useful introductions. Very approachable for UG students.
This book, together with Farrely's Reader, is really, really wonderful stuff for any introductory course for 2nd year students or higher. If I could redesign our present course on Contemporary Political Theory, I'd almost certainly adopt this text.