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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 Each volume collects both published and unpublished texts, and combines them with an interview with the thinker.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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Michael Paul Rogin: Derangement and Liberalism

Michael Paul Rogin: Derangement and Liberalism

1st Edition

Alyson Cole, George Shulman
February 26, 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

1st Edition

Melissa S. Williams
October 18, 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

1st Edition

Farah Godrej
May 24, 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

1st Edition

Christopher C. Robinson
October 19, 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

1st Edition

P.E. Digeser
August 22, 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

1st Edition

Dean Mathiowetz
July 01, 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

1st Edition

John Seery
October 28, 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

1st Edition

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

1st Edition

James Martin
July 08, 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...

Michael J. Shapiro: Discourse, Culture, Violence

Michael J. Shapiro: Discourse, Culture, Violence

1st Edition

Terrell Carver, Samuel A. Chambers
April 23, 2012

Michael J. Shapiro’s writings have been innovatory with respect to the phenomena he has taken to be political, and the concomitant array of methods that he has brilliantly mastered. This book draws from his vast output of articles, chapters and books to provide a thematic yet integrated account of...

Carole Pateman: Democracy, Feminism, Welfare

Carole Pateman: Democracy, Feminism, Welfare

1st Edition

Terrell Carver, Samuel A. Chambers
July 29, 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...

William E. Connolly: Democracy, Pluralism and Political Theory

William E. Connolly: Democracy, Pluralism and Political Theory

1st Edition

Samuel A Chambers, Terrell Carver
December 13, 2007

William E. Connolly’s writings have pushed the leading edge of political theory, first in North America and then in Europe as well, for more than two decades now. This book draws on his numerous influential books and articles to provide a coherent and comprehensive overview of his...

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