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Issues in Political Theory

Fourth Edition

Catriona McKinnon, Robert Jubb, and Patrick Tomlin

14 March 2019

ISBN: 9780198784067

360 pages

In Stock

Price: £39.99

The most engaging introduction to political theory and how it applies to real world issues.


With a focus on real-world issues and an extensive range of thought-provoking case studies, Issues in Political Theory provides the clearest, most engaging introduction to political theory and how it is applied to address the most important issues confronting the world today.

  • Comprehensive coverage of the most important and influential areas of political theory makes this text suitable for a wide range of modules.
  • Case studies showcasing contemporary issues demonstrate political theory and its implications in action.
  • A clear writing style and a range of helpful learning features make this text an ideal introduction for those studying political theory for the first time.
  • Contributions from leading scholars offer students a variety of perspectives.
  • A focus on issues throughout highlights key debates and helps students to develop a critical approach to their studies.

New to this edition

  • New chapters on liberty, global poverty, sovereignty and borders, and the environment provide students with fresh insight on important debates in political theory.
  • A range of new case studies - including those on same-sex marriage, racial inequality, sweatshop labour, and Brexit - demonstrate the relevance of political theory to current real-world issues.
  • Two new editors, Robert Jubb (University of Reading) and Patrick Tomlin (University of Warwick), join the editorial team, offering new expert perspectives on key political ideas.

About the Author(s)

Catriona McKinnon, University of Reading, Robert Jubb, University of Reading, and Patrick Tomlin, University of Warwick

Catriona McKinnon is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Reading.

Robert Jubb is Associate Professor in Political Philosophy at the University of Reading.

Patrick Tomlin is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Robert Jubb, Catriona McKinnon, and Patrick Tomlin
    1:Political Obligation, Keith Hyams
    2:Liberty, Ian Carter
    3:Crime and Punishment, Massimo Renzo
    4:Democracy, Thomas Christiano
    5:Power, David Owen
    6:Equality and Social Justice, Jonathan Wolff
    7:Toleration, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
    8:Multiculturalism, Monica Mookherjee
    9:Gender, Clare Chambers
    10:Global Poverty, Zofia Stemplowska
    11:Human Rights, Tom Campbell
    12:Sovereignty and Borders, Sarah Fine
    13:War and Intervention, Helen Frowe
    14:The Environment, Simon Caney


"The best introduction to the study of political theory... It provides a clear, concise, and structured introduction to the most important themes and debates in the field, and proposes a wide palate of concepts and approaches to reflect the diversity of political theory." - Charles Devellennes, Kent University

"Engagingly written, attractive in its format and presentation, and provides a good balance between real-world issues and introductory political theory." - Stephen Winter, University of Auckland

Additional Resources

The title is supported by an online resource centre, which includes additional case studies intended to give students confidence in using theory to shed light on key issues, and a range of additional teaching and learning resources.

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