Post Tagged with: "political theory"

Review – On Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions

Review – On Sovereignty and Other Political Delusions

Despite some limitations, Cocks’ volume captivatingly engages with the concept of sovereignty and its practical and historical realities.

Review – Leo Strauss: Man of Peace

Review – Leo Strauss: Man of Peace

Howse uses language that elucidates the importance of ‘the international’ in Strauss’s thinking, but at the same time is accessible for a general, educated audience.

Review – The Foreign Policy of John Rawls and Amartya Sen

Review – The Foreign Policy of John Rawls and Amartya Sen

Leavitt’s book makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of Rawls and Sen’s thought in relation to one another, and how both can serve to inform foreign policy.

Review Feature – One Family, One Destiny

Review Feature – One Family, One Destiny

This feature examines two books that explore universalised human nature and political action, and deftly illuminate the epistemological lineages of the modern world.

Karl Mannheim’s Sociology of Political Knowledge

Karl Mannheim’s Sociology of Political Knowledge

What does Mannheim actually mean by saying that certain modes of thought need to be understood in terms of their social origin, and why and how does that really matter for political theory?

Review – Reforming Democracies

Review – Reforming Democracies

Douglas Chalmers’ analysis seeks to look in new places to propose a reform agenda that is focused on an entirely different set of processes than scholars have traditionally covered.

What Will They Do Tomorrow? Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract

What Will They Do Tomorrow? Post-apocalyptic Fiction and the Social Contract

In creating states of nature, the postapocalyptic narrative acknowledges that we decide how to live together and the kinds of rules we might choose.

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

Civil Resistance, Transformative Nonviolence and the State

The two forms of nonviolent political action; civil resistance and transformative nonviolence, have different attitudes towards the state. Civil resistance enhances state institutions whilst transformative nonviolence aims for new forms of social and political organisation.

The Technocratic Turn in the Phases of International AIDS Politics

The Technocratic Turn in the Phases of International AIDS Politics

The technocratic turn may sideline politics in a way that ignores the tensions between actors, individuals, and structures of power that are vital to making the science both work and available to those who need it most.

Agonism in International Relations?

Agonism in International Relations?

Agonistic theory teaches us that politics is not out there set, fixed and closed, calling for institutional blueprints that would give solutions to ‘real’ problems. But it is collectively constructed, contingent, and incomplete.

Political Feasibility

Political Feasibility

The notion of political feasibility is a complex one and has a sharp contrast with the fundamental idea of ideal theory – which tends to sideline all issues of feasibility in order to focus on the question of desirability.

A Realist Revival

A Realist Revival

While IR has grown far beyond its boundaries, the plurality of what we refer to as “international relations” has changed so dramatically that it is difficult for students to decide exactly where they should fall on the spectrum.