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Contemporary Political Theorists in Context

1st Edition

By Anthony M. Clohesy, Stuart Isaacs, Chris Sparks


160 pages

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This exciting new textbook presents a clear framework for students to understand how themes and issues in political thought have emerged and developed throughout the 20th Century.

Charting the progression from the preoccupation with the boundaries of the modern state, through to the current debates on rights, identity and justice; the three sections of the book enable the ideas of significant political thinkers to unfold through a telling of the key political events that gave a social context for their thought:

  • Section I: The Inter-War Debate: Weber, Gramsci and Schmitt
  • Section II: Post-War Debates: Arendt, Oakeshott, De Beauvoir and Adorno
  • Section III: Contemporary Debates: Rawls, Nozick, Kymlicka and Foucault

Written in an accessible and concise format, features include:

  • 'rewind' and 'fast-forward' indicators to easily guide students around the text
  • discussion points, revision notes and further reading in each chapter
  • informative text boxes to highlight key concepts, people and events.

By exploring an often ignored relationship in political thought, the influence of thought upon historical change and the influence of historical change upon theory, this text delivers new and exciting angles from which to approach politics today. Contemporary Political Theorists in Context is essential reading for all students of social and political theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: The Inter-War Debate: New Theories of the State 1. Weber 2. Gramsci 3. Schmitt Part 2: Post-War debates: The Recovery of Politics 4. Arendt 5.De Beauvoir 6. Oakeshott 7. Adorno Part 3: Contemporary debates:Rights, Identity and Justice 8. Rawls & Nozick 9. Kymlicka 10. Foucault

About the Authors


Anthony M. Clohesy is a senior lecturer in the International Academy at the University of Essex, UK.

Stuart Isaacs is a senior lecturer in Social policy and Sociology at London Metropolitan University, UK.

Chris Sparks is a lecturer and researcher in Sociology and Politics at the Creative Community and Social Innovation Research Centre, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory