Republicanism A Theory of Freedom and Government

ISBN-10: 0198296428
ISBN-13: 9780198296423
Edition: 1999
Authors: Philip Pettit
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Description: This is the first full-length presentation of a republican alternative to the liberal and communitarian theories that have dominated political philosophy in recent years. The author's eloquent, compelling account opens with an examination of the  More...

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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/27/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

This is the first full-length presentation of a republican alternative to the liberal and communitarian theories that have dominated political philosophy in recent years. The author's eloquent, compelling account opens with an examination of the traditional republican conception of freedom as non-domination, contrasting this with established negative and positive views of liberalism. The book examines what the implementation of the ideal would imply for substantive policy-making, constitutional and democratic design, regulatory control and the relation between state and civil society. Professor Pettit's powerful and insightful new work offers not only a unified, theoretical overview of the many strands of republican ideas, it also provides a new and sophisticated perspective on studies in related fields including the history of ideas, jurisprudence, and criminology. The author had included a new postscript to this paperback edition, which offers a sketch of the crucial republican ideas, and to reinforce the argument that the republican tradition deserves more attention than it has generally received among contemporary political theorists.

Introduction
Republican Freedom
Before Negative and Positive Liberty
Liberty as Non-domination
Non-domination as a Political Ideal
Liberty, Equality, Community
Republican Government
Republican Aims: Causes and Policies
Republican Forms: Constitutionalism and Democracy
Checking the Republic
Civilizing the Republic
Republicanism: A Propositional Summary
Republicanism: Once more with Hindsight
Bibliography
Index

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