European Political Thought Since 1945
By (author) Noel O'Sullivan
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European Political Thought Since 1945 by Noel O'Sullivan
Book DescriptionThis study offers a concise overview of European political thought since 1945. Despite its enormous diversity, NoA"l O'Sullivan argues that a unifying theme may be found in the need for European political thinkers to respond, either sympathetically or critically, to the following four major requirements posed by the postwar task of democratic reconstruction: - to restate the theory of the limited state in face of the continuing totalitarian challenge represented by postwar Soviet power - to provide social integration by developing a coherent ideal of social justice - to develop a more pluralist theory of the democratic state in response to the claims of feminism, postmodernism and cultural and ethnic minorities - to extend the ideal of civil association from a national into a supranational concept of European political identity in response to developments such as globalisation. The study also considers such issues as environmentalism and the emergence of the so-called 'risk society'. O'Sullivan concludes that, while an uneasy compromise has been achieved between the limited state, welfare provision and pluralism, the attempt to resituate this compromise within a supra-national European 'civil' identity may finally subvert the modern ideal of democratic and accountable government. Clear and accessible, this thematic survey is essential reading for all those interested in political thought in Europe from 1945 to the present.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333655597
(222mm x 141mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 26-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Noel O'Sullivan
European Political Thought Since 1945, Paperback (August 2004)
This title offers a critical account of the response of leading European political thinkers to the task of reconstruction following World War II.
Political Theory in Transition, Paperback (February 2000)» View all books by Noel O'Sullivan
'Political Theory in Transition' is useful reading for those undergraduates and postgraduates who want to make sense of the state of contemporary political theory and political philosophy.
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Author Biography - Noel O'Sullivan
NA-EL O'SULLIVAN is Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Hull, UK.
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