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This major textbook offers both an introduction to and key readings in twenty core political concepts. It blends original essays that survey debates and contact with up-to-date primary literature to provide students with an ideal collection for use on a wide range of courses in political studies. It reflects the broad nature of politics generally and political philosophy in particular from a perspective that highlights current debates and new trends surrounding many of the concepts we use to orient ourselves in the political world. The original essays and key readings together form an unparalleled introduction to the most dynamic and contested aspects of political studies that will be of interest to all who wish to engage with the issues animating current political life. The following concepts are introduced: Justice Civil Society Liberty Power Equality Human Nature Rights Community Democracy The Nation Representation Globalisation Toleration Ideology Multiculturalism Discourse The State Difference The Rule of Law The Body Politic Key Features * Only Reader and Guide in one volume on the subject of Political Concepts * Covers the core concepts taught on Politics courses * Each section includes a 5000-word introduction to the subject and two key texts - includes 40 of the most influential primary readings in contemporary political studies * An original contribution from the editor on the multidimensional nature of political concepts * An extensive bibliography and selected further reading to guide the student towards more in-depth research * Introductions to each Part designed to help students connect different sections together

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748616787
ISBN-10: 0748616780
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 24mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Iain MacKenzie

Iain Mackenzie is a Lecturer in Politics at the University of Kent. He is the author of The Idea of Pure Critique (2004) and a co-author of Political Ideologies: An Introduction (third edition, 2003) and Contemporary Social and Political Theory: An Introduction (1999).

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