`Colin Farrelly has gathered together in one volume several of the key texts that have shaped recent developments in political theory. The structure of the book reflects that of many courses offering surveys of recent debates between liberals and their critics. It is an excellent teaching resource' -
Shane O'Neill, Queen's University, Belfast
`An excellent selection of key pieces that have shaped the debates that dominate contemporary political philosophy. Each section is prefaced with a clear and insightful introduction which gives a valuable commentary on each piece, sets it in its context, and indicates its influence on the field. This book will be a very useful resource for students of these debates from all backgrounds' -
Catriona McKinnon, University of York
Contemporary Political Theory provides an accessible introduction to the key works of major contemporary political theorists. Key theorists and writers include John Rawls, Robert Nozick, Michael Walzer, Michael Sandel, Susan Okin, Will Kymlicka, Iris Marion Young, Charles Taylor, Nancy Fraser and John Dryzek.
The readings are organized thematically into seven sections on egalitarian-liberalism, libertarianism, communitarianism, republicanism, feminism, deliberative democracy, and multiculturalism. A substantial introduction is provided to each to identify the main issues and the significance of the carefully selected excerpts that follow.
The result is a complete but concise guide through the literature and major topics and areas of debate in contemporary political theory and political philosophy.
Colin Farrelly is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Contemporary Political Theory: A Reader will complement his textbook Introduction to Contemporary Political Theory also published by SAGE Publications.
PART ONE: EGALITARIAN-LIBERALISM Justice as Fairness - John Rawls The Maximin Principle - John c Harsanyi Primary Goods Reconsidered - Richard J Arneson Equality of What? - Alex Callinicos A Question for Egalitarians - John Kekes PART TWO: LIBERTARIANISM The Entitlement Theory of Justice - Robert Nozick How Liberty Upsets Patterns - Eric Mack On Rectification in Nozick's Minimal State - Robert E Litan Justice as Mutual Advantage - David Gauthier A Critique of Justice as Reciprocity - Allen Buchanan PART THREE: COMMUNITARIANISM The Procedural Republic and the Unencumbered Self - Michael J Sandel Liberal Individualism and Liberal Neutrality - Will Kymlicka Complex Equality - Michael Walzer PART FOUR: REPUBLICANISM Freedom as Antipower - Philip Pettit The Republican Critique of Liberalism - Alan Patten Cosmopolitan Republicanism - James Bohman PART FIVE: FEMINISM The Public/Private Dichotomy - Susan Moller Okin The Ideal of Community and the Politics of Difference - Iris Marion Young Recognition or Redistribution - Nancy Fraser PART SIX: DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY The Deliberative Model - Iris Marion Young Deliberative Democracy Beyond Process - Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson Legitimacy and Economy in Deliberative Democracy - John S Dryzek PART SEVEN: MULTICULTURALISM The Politics of Recognition - Charles Taylor Equality of Difference - Bhikhu Parekh Liberalism and Multiculturalism - Chandran Kukathas