Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government [Oxford Political Theory Series]

By Philip Pettit

This is often the 1st full-length presentation of a republican replacement to the liberal and communitarian theories that experience ruled political philosophy in recent times. the newest addition to the acclaimed Oxford Political Theory sequence, Pettit's eloquent and compelling account opens with an exam of the conventional republican notion of freedom as non-domination, contrasting this with demonstrated unfavorable and confident perspectives of liberty.

the 1st a part of the ebook strains the increase and decline of this perception, screens its many sights, and makes a case for why it's going to nonetheless be considered as a valuable political perfect. the second one a part of the ebook appears at what the implementation of the proper will require with reference to substantial policy-making, constitutional and democratic layout, regulatory keep an eye on and the relation among kingdom and civil society. popular during this account is a singular thought of democracy, lower than which executive is uncovered to systematic contestation, and a imaginative and prescient of state-societal kinfolk based upon civility and belief.

Pettit's robust and insightful new paintings deals not just a unified, theoretical assessment of the numerous strands of republican principles, but additionally a brand new and complicated standpoint on stories in comparable fields together with the heritage of principles, jurisprudence, and criminology.

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