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Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?

Elizabeth Frazer Kimberly Hutchings

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Polity Press
15 February 2019
Politics & government; Political science & theory
Violence - from state coercion to wars and revolutions - remains an enduring global reality. But whereas it is often believed that the point of constitutional politics is to make violence unnecessary, others argue that it is an unavoidable element of politics.

In this lucid and erudite book, Elizabeth Frazer and Kimberly Hutchings address these issues using vivid contemporary and historic examples. They carefully explore the strategies that have been deployed to condone violence, either as means to certain ends or as an inherent facet of politics. Examining the complex questions raised by different types of violence, they conclude that, ultimately, all attempts to justify political violence fail.

This book will be essential introductory reading for students and scholars of the ethics and politics of political violence.
By:   Elizabeth Frazer, Kimberly Hutchings
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 191mm,  Width: 125mm,  Spine: 13mm
Weight:   150g
ISBN:   9781509529216
ISBN 10:   1509529217
Series:   Political Theory Today
Pages:   140
Publication Date:   15 February 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth Frazer is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford. Kimberly Hutchings is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary University of London.

Reviews for Can Political Violence Ever Be Justified?

'Drawing on a deep critical engagement with the theme of violence in political thought, Frazer and Hutchings offer a highly original treatment of a vitally important question for contemporary politics. I know of no scholars better qualified to answer it.' Christopher Finlay, University of Durham 'Rich in critical insight and empirical detail, Frazer and Hutchings's book is more than a mere academic exercise. It asks about the lived reality of justice and what it might mean to take seriously questions of peaceful cohabitation.' Brad Evans, University of Bath


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