POLITICAL THEORY AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY
This series offers definitive accounts of the core concepts, ideas and schools of thought in political theory and political philosophy.
Free Speech MATTEO BONOTTI and JONATHAN SEGLOW Monash University; Royal Holloway, University of London “Clear, methodical, fair-minded.” Robert Simpson, University College, London Freedom of speech is never very far away from political controversy. In recent years, the rise of populism, waves of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, and online hate attacks are among developments that have kept free speech at the forefront of both public and academic discussion. In this new introduction, Matteo Bonotti and Jonathan Seglow offer a comprehensive and accessible analysis of the debates around freedom of speech. They critically examine three major philosophical arguments for freedom of speech based on the values of truth, autonomy, and democracy. Using a variety of case studies, including hate speech, offensive speech, Holocaust denial and pornography, they tackle pressing current issues including ‘alternative facts’ and ‘No Platforming’. Series: Key Concepts in Political Theory 216 x 138mm • 164 pages • UK June 2021, US July 2021 HB • 978-1-5095-2644-4 • £45.00 / $59.95 / €55.90 PB • 978-1-5095-2645-1 • £14.99 / $19.95 / €18.90 ebook available
Conservatism EDMUND NEILL New College of the Humanities Conservatism is often labelled as a ‘disposition’, ‘tradition’, or even a set of kneejerk reactions, rather than an ideology. Its suspicion of grand theorising has lent itself to this characterisation, but in this book leading political theorist Edmund Neill challenges this view. He argues that that conservatism is better identified as an ideology, albeit one that, rather than putting forward positive values like ‘liberty’ or ‘equality’, conceptualizes human conduct as being partially dependent on forces beyond human volition, and prioritises cautiously managing change. He charts the evolution of conservative thought from the French Revolution to the present and draws on examples from Britain, France and the United States. Neill concludes with some reflections on the challenges (and opportunities) that contemporary populism presents for conservatism. This accomplished primer is essential reading for any student or scholar working in political theory and political philosophy, especially those with particular interest in ideologies and conservatism. Key Concepts in Political Theory 216 x 138mm • 170 pages • UK August 2021, US October 2021 HB • 978-1-5095-2705-2 • £45.00 / $59.95 / €55.90 PB • 978-1-5095-2706-9 • £14.99 / $19.95 / €18.90 ebook available
Anarchism CARISSA HONEYWELL Sheffield Hallam University “A clear, accessible, thorough and intellectually rigorous introduction.” Saul Newman, Goldsmiths, University of London Is it possible to abolish coercion and hierarchy and build a stateless, egalitarian social order based on nondomination? There is one political tradition that answers these questions with a resounding yes: anarchism. In this book, Carissa Honeywell offers an accessible introduction to major anarchist thinkers and principles, from Proudhon to Goldman, non-domination to prefiguration. She helps students understand the nature of anarchism by examining how its core ideas shape important contemporary social movements and how it can play a central role in tackling our major global problems. Dynamic, urgent and engaging, this new introduction to anarchist thought will be of great interest to students as well as thinkers and activists working to find solutions to the multiple crises of capitalist modernity. Series: Key Concepts in Political Theory 216 x 138mm • 184 pages • UK November 2020, US January 2021 HB • 978-1-5095-2390-0 • £45.00 / $59.95 / €55.90 PB • 978-1-5095-2391-7 • £14.99 / $19.95 / €18.90 ebook available
Deliberative Democracy IAN O’FLYNN Newcastle University Today, deliberative democracy is the most widely discussed theory of democracy. Its proponents stress the importance of public reasoning about important matters of law and public policy: in the ideal case, decisions turn not on the force of numbers but the force of the better argument. However, despite its contemporary prominence, it continues to strike some as little more than wishful thinking. In this new book, Ian O’Flynn examines the nature of deliberative democracy, considers the critiques of and debates surrounding the concept, and evaluates how it has developed over recent decades. He considers the example of deliberative polls and citizens’ assemblies to critically assess how such forums can fit within a broader democratic system. Finally, he turns to the prospects of the most ambitious deliberative project of all: a global deliberative democracy. This book will be essential reading for students and scholars of democratic theory, as well as anyone who is curious about the prospects for more rational decision-making in an age of populist passion. Key Concepts in Political Theory 216 x 138mm • 184 pages • UK September 2021, US November 2021 HB • 978-1-5095-2345-0 • £45.00 / $59.95 / €55.90 PB • 978-1-5095-2346-7 • £14.99 / $19.95 / €18.90 ebook available