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Political Theory An Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0333961803

ISBN-13: 9780333961803

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Andrew Heywood

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This edition of Andrew Heywood's introductory text to political theory covers a large range of ideas and issues. No matter how abstract the idea he always makes it intelligible and relevant to the modern world of politics.
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List price: $46.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 9/18/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Andrew Heywood is author of such best-selling textbooks as Politics, Political Ideologies and Global Politics , used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. He was Vice Principal of Croydon College, having previously been Director of Studies at Orpington College and Head of Politics at Farnborough Sixth-Form College. Andrew has had many years experience as an A-Level Chief Examiner for Government and Politics, and Principal Examiner for Political Ideologies and Global Politics. His main research interests are political theory and global politics.

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Preface to the third edition
Introduction: Concepts and Theories in Politics
Language and politics
Understanding political concepts
What is political theory?
Political theory in the twenty-first century
Summary
Further reading
Human Nature, the Individual and Society
Human nature
Nature versus nurture
Intellect versus instinct
Competition versus cooperation
The individual
Individualism
Individual and community
The individual in politics
Society
Collectivism
Theories of society
Social cleavages and identity
Summary
Further reading
Politics, Government and the State
Politics
The art of government
Public affairs
Power and resources
Government
Why have government?
Governments and governance
Political systems
The state
Government and the state
Theories of state
Role of the state
Summary
Further reading
Sovereignty, the Nation and Supranationalism
Sovereignty
Legal and political sovereignty
Internal sovereignty
External sovereignty
The nation
Cultural and political nations
Nationalism and cosmopolitanism
Nation-states and globalization
Supranationalism
Intergovernmentalism
Federalism and federations
Prospects of world government
Summary
Further reading
Power, Authority and Legitimacy
Power
Decision-making
Agenda-setting
Though control
Authority
Power and authority
Kinds of authority
Defenders and detractors
Legitimacy
Constitutionalism and consent
Ideological hegemony
Legitimation crises
Summary
Further reading
Law, Order and Justice
Law
The rule of law
Natural and positive law
Law and liberty
Order
Discipline and control
Natural harmony
Justifying punishment
Justice
Procedural justice
Substantive justice
Justifying law-breaking?
Summary
Further reading
Rights, Obligations and Citizenship
Rights
Legal and moral rights
Human rights
Animal and other rights?
Obligations
Contractual obligations
Natural duty
Limits of political obligation
Citizenship
Elements of citizenship
Social or active citizenship?
Universal citizenship and diversity
Summary
Further reading
Democracy, Representation and the Public Interest
Democracy
Direct and indirect democracy
Liberal democracy
Virtues and vices of democracy
Representation
Representatives or delegates?
Elections and mandates
Characteristic representation
The public interest
Private and public interests
Is there a public interest?
Dilemmas of democracy
Summary
Further reading
Freedom, Toleration and Liberation
Freedom
Liberty and licence
Negative freedom
Positive freedom
Toleration
Toleration and difference
The case for toleration
Limits of toleration
Liberation
National liberation
Sexual liberation
Politics of liberation
Summary
Further reading
Equality, Social Justice and Welfare
Equality
Formal equality
Equality of opportunity
Equality of outcome
Social justice
According to needs
According to rights
According to deserts
Welfare
Welfare, poverty and social exclusion
In praise of welfare
Welfare: roll-back or reform?
Summary
Further reading
Property, Planning and the Market
Property
Private property
Common property
State property
Planning
The planning process
Promise of planning
Perils of planning
The market
The market mechanism
Miracle of the market
Market failures
Summary
Further reading
Tradition, Progress and Utopia
Tradition
Defending the status quo
Reclaiming the past
Change in order to conserve
Progress
The forward march of history
Progress through reform
Progress through revolution
Utopia
Features of utopianism
Political utopias
End of utopia?
Summary
Further reading
Bibliography
Index