4th Edition

Introduction to Political Theory

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after March 22, 2022
ISBN 9781138389212
March 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
408 Pages 21 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This vibrant and significantly revised new edition is a comprehensive and accessible text for studying political theory in a changing world.

Bringing together classic and contemporary political concepts and ideologies into one book, it introduces the major approaches to political issues that have shaped our world, and the ideas that form the currency of political debate. Consistently, it relates political ideas to political realities through effective use of examples and case studies making theory lively, contentious and relevant.

With significant revisions which reflect the latest questions facing political theory in an increasingly international context, key features and updates include:

    • Two brand new chapters on Migration, and Freedom of Speech and a significant new section on the radical right;
    • Thought-provoking case studies to bring the theory to life including social media and internet regulation, Brexit and the EU, anti-vaxxer campaigns, surrogacy tourism, and autonomous anarchist zones;
    • A revamped website, including podcasts, to aid study of, and reading around, the subject.

    Introduction to Political Theory, fourth edition is the perfect accompaniment to undergraduate study in political theory, political philosophy, concepts and ideologies, and more broadly to the social sciences and philosophy.

    Table of Contents


    Part 1: Coercion, Legitimacy, and Collective Choice

    1. The State

    2. Democracy

    3. Punishment

    4. Political Obligation and Conscientious Objection

    Part 2: Freedom, Equality, and Justice

    5. Equality

    6. Freedom of Action

    7. Freedom of Speech

    8. Distributive Justice

    Part 3: Classical Ideologies

    9. Liberalism

    10. Conservatism

    11. Socialism and Marxism

    12. Anarchism

    13. Nationalism

    14. Fascism and the Radical Right

    Part 4: Contemporary Ideologies

    15. Feminism

    16. Multiculturalism

    17. Ecologism

    Part 5: Global Political Theory

    18. Human Rights

    19. Global Justice

    20. Migration

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    Paul Graham teaches political theory at the University of Buckingham, UK.

    John Hoffman is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory at the University of Leicester, UK.


    "This fourth edition is an exceptionally well written introduction to political theory, with the focus on principal concepts and excellent case studies. This book is a marvelous contribution to the field of Political Science. Yet above all, the book offers an outstanding basis of knowledge and motivation for university students learning about political theory." 

    Katarzyna Stokłosa, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark

    "Hoffman and Graham’s textbook is a success at many levels. It is admirably comprehensive, is not afraid of courting controversy (particularly in its refreshing scepticism about the state) and demonstrates how central normative theory is to a study of politics. Above all, perhaps, it manages, with the help of very useful case studies, to pull off the difficult task of making complex ideas eminently accessible. I highly recommend the book as an ideal introduction to the study of political theory."

    Robert Garner, University of Leicester, UK