1st Edition

Carole Pateman
Democracy, Feminism, Welfare





ISBN 9780415781121
Published July 29, 2011 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

Carole Pateman’s writings have been innovatory precisely for their qualities of engagement, pursued at the height of intellectual rigour. This book draws from her vast output of articles, chapters, books and speeches to provide a thematic yet integrated account of her innovations in political theory and contributions to the politics of policy-making. The editors have focused on work in three key areas:

Democracy

Pateman’s perspective is rooted in a practical perspective, enquiring into and speculating about forms of participation over and above the ‘traditional’ exclusions through which representative systems have been variously constructed over time. Her work pushes hard on theorists and politicians who make easy assumptions about apathy and public opinion, who bracket off the workplace and the home, and who see politics only in partisan activity, voter behaviour and governmental policy.

Women

Pateman’s innovatory and still-cited work on participation antedates the feminist revolution in political theory and many of the practical struggles that developed through the later 1970s. While woman-centred, her concerns were always worked through larger conceptions of social class, economic advantage, power differentials, ‘liberal’ individualism and contracts including marriage. Her feminism was innovative in political theory, and within feminism itself. As a feminist Pateman defies categorization, and her concepts of ‘the sexual contract’ and ‘Wollstonecraft’s dilemma’ are canonical.

Welfare

Pateman’s innovation here is an integration of welfare issues – in particular the proposals for a ‘basic income’ or for a ‘capital stake’ – into her broad but always rigorous conception of democracy. This is argued through in terms of citizenship, taken as the result of a social contract. In that way Pateman puts liberalism itself through an imminent critique, drawing in the practicalities and risks of life in late capitalist societies. Her theory as always is political, taking in neo-liberal attacks on ‘welfare states’ and the stark realities of international inequalities. Pateman’s career achievements in democratic and feminist theory are brought productively to bear on debates that would otherwise occur in more limited, and less provocative, academic and political contexts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Pateman's Innovations Terrell Carver and Sam Chambers  Part 1: Democracy and Political Theory  1. Political Culture, Political Structure and Political Change  2. A Contribution to the Political Theory of Organizational Democracy  3. Political Obligation and the Sword of Leviathan  4. If Voting Could Change Anything, it Would be Illegal  5. Feminism and Democracy  Part 2: Women in Political Theory  6. The Shame of the Marriage Contract  7. Sex and Power  8. Equality, Difference, Subordination  9. Three Questions about Womanhood Suffrage  Part 3: Political Theory of Welfare  10. Wollstoncraft  11. The Legacy of T.H.Marshall  12. Freedom and Democratization  13. Another Way Foreward  14. An Interview with Carole Pateman Interview questions from Terrell Carver and Samuel A Chambers

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Biography

Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK. He has published extensively on theoretical and substantive issues relevant to Marx, Engels and Marxism, and to sex, gender and sexuality.

Samuel A. Chambers is Associate Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. He writes broadly in contemporary thought, including work on language and media, popular culture and the politics of gender and sexuality.