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Issues in Political Theory

Third Edition

Edited by Catriona McKinnon

Publication Date - February 2015

ISBN: 9780199680436

398 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $62.95

A stimulating introduction to the key concepts, thinkers, and texts in political theory, enhanced by extended, cutting-edge case studies


Featuring contributions by leading researchers, Issues in Political Theory, Third Edition, provides a stimulating introduction to many of the key concepts, thinkers, and texts in political theory. Extended, cutting-edge case studies at the end of each chapter show students how to examine a key political issue in light of the concepts explored in that chapter. In addition, numerous pedagogical features help students check and develop their understanding and approach learning materials beyond the text.

A Companion Website offers additional case studies, annotated web links, and a flashcard glossary for students and class activities, weekly assignments, and essay questions for instructors.

New to this Edition

  • A new chapter (Ch. 14) on power, featuring a case study on racial inequality in the U.S.
  • A new chapter on crime and punishment (Ch. 6) that examines the various ways in which thinkers have approached the justifications for punishment
  • A rewritten chapter on war and intervention (Ch. 10), which adds material on jus post bellum
  • "Key Thinkers" text boxes that help students understand the figures behind the ideas
  • New in-text case studies on conscription and conscientious refusal; deliberative polling; terrorism, torture, and rights; and the building of mosques in Europe

About the Author(s)

Catriona McKinnon is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading.

Table of Contents

    Introduction, Catriona McKinnon
    1. Political authority and obligation, Keith Hyams
    2. Liberty, Jonathan Riley
    3. Toleration, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
    4. Democracy, Thomas Christiano
    5. Equality and social justice, Jonathan Wolff
    6. Crime and punishment, Massimo Renzo
    7. Multiculturalism, Monica Mookherjee
    8. Human rights, Tom Campbell
    9. Global justice, Gillian Brock
    10. War and intervention, Helen Frowe
    11. Environment, Dale Jamieson
    12. Gender, Clare Chambers
    13. Generations, Axel Gosseries
    14. Power, David Owen