Political theory : an encyclopedia of contemporary and classic terms / Scott John Hammond.Material type: TextSeries: Gale virtual reference libraryPublisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 357 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0313085234 (electronic bk.); 9780313085239 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Political science -- EncyclopediasAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Political theory.DDC classification: 320.01 LOC classification: JA61 | .H36 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Liberty. Justice. Nature. Law. First formulated millennia ago by the founding philosophers of the Western tradition, these basic concepts of human thought remain central to our conception of ourselves, our place in the world, and our relationships with others-that is, our politics. Readers encountering such broad political concepts, their practical expressions in political movements and systems of government, the ideas of influential ancient and modern political thinkers--or simply familiar or unfamiliar catchphrases for which they would like a succinct yet informative explanation--will welcome.
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CHOICE ReviewThis modest single-volume encyclopedia by Hammond (James Madison Univ.) contains over 250 entries and covers political theory from Plato through the present. Some entries cover important figures (Hobbes, Marx, Rawls), others give details about major ideas or movements in political philosophy (liberalism, authoritarianism, freedom), and some discuss more specific concepts (prisoner's dilemma, Wilt Chamberlain argument, negative and positive liberty). Also featured are useful entries on what best can be described as famous sayings or phrases ("from each according to his ability, to each according to his need"; "what is rational is real and what is real is rational"). The entries vary greatly in length--some amount to not much more than expanded dictionary entries of a half column or so ("Pareto's Law"), whereas others are fairly expansive discussions of seven or eight pages, such as the entry on democracy. No major omissions are evident, but given some of the secondary topics that are included, some surprising, although not glaring, omissions are apparent. For example, no separate entries are included on the state of nature, colonialism, or the "tragedy of the commons," or on many ideas found in Marx, e.g., historical materialism or the means of production. Some of these topics are discussed within the confines of other entries.This encyclopedia provides readers with an introductory understanding of the thinkers and ideas in this field; entries are readable and not technical. It would be ideal for undergraduates going through a text in political theory, for example, or possibly even first-year graduate students. However, this encyclopedia includes relatively little critical analysis or in-depth discussion of ideas. It is not essential for a college or university library, but students will use it. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general readers. M. A. Michael Austin Peay State University
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Scott John Hammond is Professor of Political Science at James Madison University, specializing in Western political theory and philosophy. He is the coauthor (with Robert N. Roberts) of Encyclopedia of Presidential Campaigns, Slogans, Issues, and Platforms (Greenwood Press, 2004) and (with Paul C. Cline and Anthony J Eksterowicz) American Democracy: Representation, Participation, and the Future of the Republic (1995), and coeditor (with Kevin R. Hardwick and Howard L. Lubert) of the two-volume Classics of American Political and Constitutional Thought (2007).