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Routledge Innovators in Political Theory

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Routledge Innovators in Political Theory focuses on leading contemporary thinkers in political theory, highlighting the major innovations in their thought that have reshaped the field. Each volume collects both published and unpublished texts, and combines them with an interview with the thinker. The editorial introduction articulates the innovator’s key contributions in relation to political theory, and contextualises the writer’s work. Volumes in the series will be required reading for both students and scholars of 21st century politics.

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James Tully To Think and Act Differently

James Tully: To Think and Act Differently

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Edited By Alexander Livingston
January 29, 2024

James Tully’s scholarship has profoundly transformed the study of political thought by reconstructing the practice of political theory as a democratising and diversifying dialogue between scholars and citizens. Across his writings on topics ranging from the historical origins of property, ...

Iris Marion Young Gender, Justice, and the Politics of Difference

Iris Marion Young: Gender, Justice, and the Politics of Difference

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Edited By Michaele Ferguson, Andrew Valls
May 31, 2023

Iris Marion Young (1949-2006) was one of the most influential and innovative political theorists of her generation who had a significant impact on a wide range of topics such as democratic theory, feminist theory, and justice. She bridged many longstanding divides among political theorists, ...

Michael Paul Rogin Derangement and Liberalism

Michael Paul Rogin: Derangement and Liberalism

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Edited By Alyson Cole, George Shulman
February 25, 2019

Michael Paul Rogin’s scholarship profoundly altered the scope, content, and disposition of political theory. He reconstituted the field by opening it to an array of texts, performances, and methods previously considered beyond the purview of the discipline. His work addressed the relationship ...

Jane Mansbridge Participation, Deliberation, Legitimate Coercion

Jane Mansbridge: Participation, Deliberation, Legitimate Coercion

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Edited By Melissa Williams
September 27, 2018

Jane Mansbridge’s intellectual career is marked by field-shifting contributions to democratic theory, feminist scholarship, political science methodology, and the empirical study of social movements and direct democracy. Her work has fundamentally challenged existing paradigms in both normative ...

Fred Dallmayr Critical Phenomenology, Cross-cultural Theory, Cosmopolitanism

Fred Dallmayr: Critical Phenomenology, Cross-cultural Theory, Cosmopolitanism

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Edited By Farah Godrej
May 26, 2017

Fred Dallmayr’s work is innovative in its rethinking of some of the central concepts of modern political philosophy, challenging the hegemony of a modern “subjectivity” at the heart of Western liberalism, individualism and rationalism, and articulating alternative voices, claims and ideas. His ...

John G. Gunnell History, Discourses and Disciplines

John G. Gunnell: History, Discourses and Disciplines

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Edited By Christopher C. Robinson
October 31, 2016

John Gunnell has compelled political theorists to rethink their relation to political science, the history of political thought, the philosophy of social science and political reality. His thinking has been shaped by encounters with Heidegger and Plato, Wittgenstein and Austin, the Berkeley School ...

Richard E. Flathman Situated Concepts, Virtuosity Liberalism and Opalescent Individuality

Richard E. Flathman: Situated Concepts, Virtuosity Liberalism and Opalescent Individuality

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Edited By P.E. Digeser
August 29, 2016

Richard E. Flathman is a ground-breaking theorist of key political concepts, a fierce defender of individuality, a close and original reader of Hobbes and an advocate of a willful conception of liberalism. In this volume P E Digeser draws together some of his key works. The collection is framed by...

Hanna Fenichel Pitkin Politics, Justice, Action

Hanna Fenichel Pitkin: Politics, Justice, Action

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Edited By Dean Mathiowetz
June 10, 2016

Hanna Fenichel Pitkin has made key contributions to the field of political philosophy, pushing forward and clarifying the ways that political theorists think about action as the exercise of political freedom. In so doing, she has offered insightful studies of the problems of modern politics that ...

George Kateb Dignity, Morality, Individuality

George Kateb: Dignity, Morality, Individuality

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Edited By John Seery
November 10, 2014

George Kateb’s writings have been innovatory in exploring the fundamental quandary of how modern democracy—sovereignty vested in the many—might nevertheless protect, respect, promote, even celebrate the singular, albeit ordinary individual. His essays, often leading to unexpected results, have ...

Ernesto Laclau Post-Marxism, Populism and Critique

Ernesto Laclau: Post-Marxism, Populism and Critique

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Edited By David Howarth
September 24, 2014

Ernesto Laclau has blazed a unique trail in political theory and philosophy since the early 1970s. In so doing, he has articulated a range of philosophical and theoretical currents into a coherent alternative to mainstream models and practices of conducting social and political science. The editors...

Chantal Mouffe Hegemony, Radical Democracy, and the Political

Chantal Mouffe: Hegemony, Radical Democracy, and the Political

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Edited By James Martin
July 01, 2013

Chantal Mouffe’s writings have been innovatory with respect to democratic theory, Marxism and feminism. Her work derives from, and has always been engaged with, contemporary political events and intellectual debates. This sense of conflict informs both the methodological and substantive ...

Carole Pateman Democracy, Feminism, Welfare

Carole Pateman: Democracy, Feminism, Welfare

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Edited By Terrell Carver, Samuel Chambers
September 22, 2011

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 ...

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