Applying Political Theory Issues and Debates

ISBN-10: 0230555098
ISBN-13: 9780230555099
Edition: 2009
Authors: Katherine Smits
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 7/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

How can political theory help us understand and solve the political questions of our time? This introduction to political theory illuminates its relevance and applicability and clarifies what is at stake in debates over welfare, terrorism and civil liberties, minority rights, abortion and euthanasia, freedom of speech and a range of other issues.

KATHERINE SMITS is Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Introduction
How should domestic resources be distributed?
Taxation, welfare and redistribution Should minority cultures have collective rights?
Is Affirmative Action fair?
Should prostitution and pornography be legal?
Should same-sex marriage be legal?
Should the state intervene to regulate euthanasia and abortion?
Should offensive speech be criminalized?
Is the state justified in restricting civil liberties on the grounds of protecting against terrorist attack?
Should rich countries give more foreign aid?
Is military intervention in other countries justified on human rights grounds?
Do we owe duties of justice to future generations still unborn, and/or to animals?
Conclusion: The uses of applied political theory

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