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Political Theory: A Beginner's Guide

Pete Woodcock



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Polity Press
29 November 2019
Politics & government; Political science & theory
Is democracy the best form of government? What does it mean to be 'free'? Why should we obey the government?

In this highly accessible and engaging new introductory textbook, Pete Woodcock examines all these questions and more in a compact outline of the basics of political theory. He takes students step-by-step through the most important answers given by history's most famous thinkers to the most fundamental questions in politics, covering topics ranging from liberty and justice to gender and revolution.

This new 101 guide to the basics of political theory contains all the essentials for students starting out in political theory, while never being dull. It contains a range of features, including textboxes, study questions and activities, to help students learn effectively. It will be core reading for anyone doing an introductory course in political theory.
By:   Pete Woodcock
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 230mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   290g
ISBN:   9781509531349
ISBN 10:   1509531343
Pages:   176
Publication Date:   29 November 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pete Woodcock is Head of the Division of Criminology, Politics, and Sociology at the University of Huddersfield

Reviews for Political Theory: A Beginner's Guide

'Pete Woodcock has moved introductory texts two steps forwards with this big questions textbook. He grounds political theory in politics, making it relevant to the issues citizens actually confront. This book will reward not only students of political theory, but anyone who wants to think politically.' Russell Bentley, University of Southampton 'Woodcock's book is well written, provides clear summaries and descriptions of the relevant political theories, and is supplemented by helpful text boxes. Descriptions of the philosophers are very engaging and enhanced by real-world examples that students can readily identify with.' Elissa B. Alzate, Winona State University

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