By Mark Bevir

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How can we manage our collective affairs? Why will we dwell jointly within the methods we do? How ought we to reside jointly? All people take into consideration the realm they reside in, its background and destiny, and the beliefs wherein they need to reside in terms of others. How we expect this day decisively affects the area of the next day to come. This encyclopedia makes an attempt to convey better readability and realizing to political debate.

Drawing jointly a staff of overseas students, the Encyclopedia of Political Theory examines the information of the main political theorists from prior to Plato to our personal occasions; the most colleges of political concept; the ideas and concerns that experience captured the mind's eye and a spotlight of political theorists; and a few of the most associations and practices encouraged by means of political notion. With greater than 450 entries, those 3 volumes supply a short, one-stop resource to key issues within the box.

Key Features

  • Examines the worldwide panorama of all of the key theories and the theorists in the back of them
  • Includes particular lists of entries that take care of constitutional concept and democratic thought
  • Refers to distinct norms and contours of assorted governments, felony structures, and societies
  • Devotes huge elements to the background of rules approximately govt, ethics, and society
  • Provides a chronology of political conception to aid readers see how a given theorist, university, or factor matches into the larger historic picture

Key Themes

  • Ancient Thought
  • Applied Ethics
  • Biographies
  • Comparative Theory
  • Constitutional Thought
  • Critical Theory
  • Democratic Thought
  • Early smooth Thought
  • International Theory
  • Justice
  • Liberal Theory
  • Medieval Thought
  • Modern Theory
  • Power and Authority
  • Religious Thought
  • Self and Community

This paintings is designed to function a reference resource for a person drawn to the roots of latest political conception. will probably be a great addition to any educational or public library.

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Critical theory is at least as concerned to explain why we do what we do as it is to open the way for new alternatives. Indeed political theorists are often asking yet another question. How do we get from here to there? How do we get from where we are to where we want to be? The question of “what is to be done” inspires much political thinking. To answer it, we need to discuss where we are and why we are there as well as where we want to go. I hope the encyclopedia will contribute to such discussions, for it seems to me that we badly need greater clarity and dialogue on our collective concerns.

Nyerere launched a program of villagization, the forced relocation of rural people into collective and cooperative villages, as the basis for economic development. But this proved politically unpopular and economically nonviable. Once again, the peasants resisted the state’s external interventions. A. M. Babu, an influential critic, was imprisoned by Nyerere between 1972 and 1978. In prison, he wrote a significant appraisal of African socialism that was smuggled out of the country and later published as African Socialism or Socialist Africa?

Radical feminists support the liberal feminist demand for the right to privacy. However, they also hold that men as a class strive to control women as a class. They believe that male-dominated 1 2 Absolutism institutions, such as the patriarchal family, organized religions, the government, and the courts, seek to restrict women’s autonomy to further larger efforts designed to relegate women to second-class citizenship. In this regard, radical feminists argue that abortion restrictions and violence against women (domestic violence, workplace sexual harassment, and rape) complement each other insofar as both impose gender-specific burdens.

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