Critical Concepts in Political Science

Critical Concepts in Political Science is a well-established series in Routledge’s Major Works publishing programme.

The series spans a broad range of titles with a number of collections covering key areas of this popular subject. Each of the Major Works collection within the series are edited by a leading scholar (or scholars). One of our most popular series, the next year is set to see a growing number of titles added, including Islamic Political and Social Movements.

  • Citizenship

    Edited by Richard Bellamy, Madeleine Kennedy-Macfoy

    Citizenship, denoting full and active membership of the national and political community, has been recognized as a critical concept since ancient times. However, three key and related changes have occurred to each of the basic components of this concept that have altered dramatically to whom and to…

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  • Politics and the Internet

    Edited by William H. Dutton

    SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY PRICE!(Valid until 3 months after publication) It is commonplace to observe that the Internet—and the dizzying technologies and applications which it continues to spawn—has revolutionized human communications. But, while the medium’s impact has apparently been immense, the…

    Hardback – 2013-11-25
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  • Islamic Political and Social Movements

    Edited by Barry Rubin

    The growing importance of Islam in the world coincides with the growing interest by scholars in understanding Islam as a religion and its political and social influences. The geographic scope of Islam goes far beyond the Middle East, ranging from the Far East to sub-Saharan Africa.There is a vast…

    Hardback – 2013-04-23
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  • Law and Politics

    Edited by Keith E. Whittington

    Law and politics are deeply intertwined. Law is an essential tool of government action, an instrument with which government tries to influence society. Law is also the means by which government itself is structured, regulated, and controlled. It is no surprise, then, that law is an important prize…

    Hardback – 2012-11-30
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  • Political Knowledge

    Edited by Jeffrey Friedman, Shterna Friedman

    Since at least the time of Plato, political scientists and philosophers have been concerned about what citizens and rulers should know if they are to be governed—and govern—well. Moreover, the increasing complexity of modern societies has revivified thinking about and around the critical concept of…

    Hardback – 2012-11-19
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  • Al Qaeda

    Edited by Paul Cruickshank

    This new Routledge Major Work collection of the best scholarly research and serious writing on Al Qaeda will be welcomed by researchers, students, and counter-terrorism specialists as the go-to resource. The gathered materials are mainly drawn from scholarly journals of the first rank and chapters…

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  • International Political Economy

    Edited by Benjamin J. Cohen

    International Political Economy is a thriving interdisciplinary area of study and research based on the combined insights of international economics and international relations theory. It has become one of the fastest growing fields of study in the social sciences, and this new title in the…

    Hardback – 2011-04-06
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  • The European Union

    Edited by Simon Usherwood

    In the fifty or so years since the Treaty of Rome, the European Union has evolved far beyond the scope of any other comparable entity. The EU is now a unique model of international cooperation and integration, and its reach extends into almost every sphere of the lives of its half a billion…

    Hardback – 2011-03-04
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  • Islamic Political Thought and Governance

    Edited by Abdullah Saeed

    Islam has had a significant impact on world history, not only as a major religion that has directed the personal beliefs and actions of individuals, but also as the basis of a distinct system of government that has developed its own institutions, practices and philosophies. This new Routledge Major…

    Hardback – 2010-11-16
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  • The West and the Middle East

    Edited by Barry Rubin

    Why is the Middle East the only part of the world which has drawn the West into wars in the last thirty years? With a sequence of events since 1945, including the Six-Day War, the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war, and the two Gulf wars, the Middle East has been the most important region of…

    Hardback – 2010-10-18
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  • Civilization

    Edited by Brett Bowden

    Especially since the end of the Cold War, the concept of ‘civilization’ has been frequently deployed by those who seek to describe and explain the world in which we live. The events of 11 September 2001, and the subsequent ‘war on terror’, have further elevated the concept's use in the…

    Hardback – 2009-06-25
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  • War

    Edited by Alex Bellamy

    Contrary to the optimistic predictions at the turn of the last century about ‘the demise of major war’, the War on Terror, major civil wars in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, and the continuing conflict in the Middle East suggest that the study of warfare has never been so urgent. War stubbornly…

    Hardback – 2008-09-30
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  • Human Rights

    One of the most notable advances of the last half century was the development of international human rights norms and procedures, with some degree of institutionalization within the United Nations. Human rights, perhaps as much as any topic of global significance, has reflected the influence…

    Hardback – 2007-07-31
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  • Democracy

    Edited by Michael Saward

    Democracy refers both to a political system and a political idea. As a name for a political system, it refers to the fact that the people themselves rule in some sense - indirectly through elected representatives in the modern period. As an idea, it stands for the desire to deepen and extend the…

    Hardback – 2006-12-07
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  • Terrorism

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by David Rapoport

    Providing a history of modern rebel or non-state terror, this impressive collection takes a chronological approach to the area, highlighting the fact that terrorism as a concept has developed in the form of four consecutive waves. Each wave is characterized by distinctive features - most…

    Hardback – 2005-12-08
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  • Peace Studies

    Edited by Matthew Evangelista

    The academic field of peace studies emerged during the Cold War to address the nature and sources of interstate and internal conflict, as well as the methods to prevent this conflict and deal with its consequences.Peace studies, much like political science itself, is an interdisciplinary field,…

    Hardback – 2005-04-14
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  • Socialism

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by Jeremy Jennings

    This four-volume collection combines the historical with the conceptual, providing a guide to the main themes that have structured socialist thought and practice over the last 200 years. The set also examines contemporary socialism. A detailed index and new introduction makes this set an invaluable…

    Hardback – 2003-12-18
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  • Global Governance

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    Edited by Timothy J. Sinclair

    Global governance is a key concept in academic and policy discussions. For many, global governance refers to the network of interstate agencies and the rules which order their relations and increasingly shape their domestic institutions. For others, global governance is a more pervasive system of…

    Hardback – 2003-12-11
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  • Fascism

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by Roger Griffin with Matthew Feldman

    The nature of 'fascism' has been hotly contested by scholars since the term was first coined by Mussolini in 1919. However, for the first time since Italian fascism appeared there is now a significant degree of consensus amongst scholars about how to approach the generic term, namely as a…

    Hardback – 2003-12-04
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  • Welfare and the State

    Edited by Nicholas Deakin, Catherine Jones Finer, Bob Matthews

    One of the most contested issues of the 20th century is that of welfare - how it should be available, to whom, on what terms and by what means. The debate on welfare has taken place across the developed world, and has spread to developing nations: it encompasses a wide range of ideological…

    Hardback – 2003-11-06
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  • Liberalism

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by G.W. Smith

    Encompassing the relationship between the state and the individual, society and the individual, the nature of freedom and the concept of the person, this four-volume set covers the main tenets of the liberal tradition. The collection includes material from the rich background and history of…

    Hardback – 2002-09-26
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  • International Relations

    Edited by Andrew Linklater

    Comprising more than 80 influential papers published in the 20th century, this set is the most comprehensive guide to appear to date. It is an indispensible research tool for students in upper level undergraduate programmes and taught postgraduate students. Researchers will also find it invaluable…

    Hardback – 2000-09-28
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  • Nationalism

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by John Hutchinson, Anthony D. Smith, Prof Anthony D Smith

    Nations and nationalism are central phenomena of the modern world, feeding into every aspect of personal and social life - the family, economy, culture, politics and international relations. This multi-volume collection of articles and chapters is the most comprehensive guide yet published on the…

    Hardback – 2000-02-17
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  • Revolution

    Critical Concepts in Political Science

    Edited by Rosemary H.T. O'Kane

    This unique set collects together 83 key articles on revolution. The set begins with theoretical approaches to the study of the subject, noting several theories advanced by revolutionaries themselves, and then moves on to major articles about individual events. Revolution: Critical Concepts…

    Hardback – 1999-12-23
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