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Political Innovation and Conceptual Change

Political Innovation and Conceptual Change


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Quentin Skinner, James Farr, Graham Maddox, Russell L. Hanson, Hanna Fenichel Pitkin, Terence Ball, Mary G. Dietz, J. A. W. Gunn, Michael Walzer, J. Peter Euben, Mark Goldie, Richard Dagger, Alan Ryan, John Dunn
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  • Date Published: April 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521359788


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  • This book sets out to defend the claim that politics is a linguistically constituted activity, and to show that the concepts that inform political beliefs and behavior have historically mutable meanings that have undergone changes related to real political events. The contributors go on to analyze the evolution of no less than thirteen particular concepts, all central to political discourse in the western world. They include revolution, rights, democracy, property, corruption, and citizenship.

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    "Political Innovation and Conceptual Change is welcome because it is a largely successful attempt to integrate theory with praxis....a valuable and thought-provoking volume." Gillis J. Harp, The Journal of American History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521359788
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Editors' introduction
    1. Language and poltical change Quentin Skinner
    2. Understanding conceptual change politically James Farr
    3. Constitution Graham Maddox
    4. Democracy Russell L. Hanson
    5. The state Quentin Skinner
    6. Representation Hanna Fenichel Pitkin
    7. Party Terence Ball
    8. Patriotism Mary G. Dietz
    9. Public interest J. A. W. Gunn
    10. Citizenship Michael Walzer
    11. Corruption J. Peter Euben
    12. Public opinion J. A. W. Gunn
    13. Ideology Mark Goldie
    14. Rights Richard Dagger
    15. Property Alan Ryan
    16. Revolution John Dunn

  • Editors

    Terence Ball

    James Farr

    Russell L. Hanson


    Quentin Skinner, James Farr, Graham Maddox, Russell L. Hanson, Hanna Fenichel Pitkin, Terence Ball, Mary G. Dietz, J. A. W. Gunn, Michael Walzer, J. Peter Euben, Mark Goldie, Richard Dagger, Alan Ryan, John Dunn

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