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Applying Political Theory Issues and Debates by Katherine Smits

Applying Political Theory Issues and Debates


Applying Political Theory Issues and Debates by Katherine Smits

* Should abortion and euthanasia be legal?* Should whistleblowers be protected or punished?* How should the world's resources be apportioned?* How far should the state be allowed to invade personal privacy in order to protect against possible terrorist attacks?* Should offensive speech be regulated?Fully revised and extended, the new edition of this innovative and engaging text introduces the central elements of political theory from an applied perspective. Focusing on twelve high profile contemporary social and political issues, both domestic and global, this book shows how political theory illuminates and helps makes sense of important debates in public life.Now drawing on an even wider range of contemporary and historical political thinkers from different philosophical traditions and updated to take recent important cases and controversies into account, including a new chapter which examines the leaking of classified documents, this is the perfect introduction for students interested in how political theory can be used to help us solve the political questions of our time.


'Written with both vigour and clarity, and drawing on a wealth of examples taken from a range of different societies, this unique book successfully demonstrates how political theory can address real world controversies whilst also introducing the major branches of moral and political philosophy.' - Andrew Shorten, University of Limerick 'Drawing on a truly impressive range of case studies and salient examples to highlight theoretical points and illuminate the underlying arguments, this is a highly engaging introduction to political theory which shows how issues which have long engaged theorists remain highly relevant for policy makers and citizens today.' - Luis Cabrera, Griffith University, Australia'

About the Author

Katherine Smits is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She writes and teaches in political theory, and is the author of Reconstructing Liberal Pluralism: From Interest to Identity (2005) and the co-editor of Feminist Moments: Reading Feminist Texts (2015). She is an award-winning teacher, and has published numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of liberal political theory - historical and modern, multiculturalism, identity politics, feminist political thought and nationalism.

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Publication date

27th May 2016


Katherine Smits

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


312 pages


Political science & theory



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