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Political Theory and Public Policy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Political Theory and Public Policy

Some say that public policy can be made without the benefit of theory—that it emerges, instead, through trial-and-error. Others see genuine philosophical issues in public affairs but try to resolve them through fanciful examples. Both, argues Robert E. Goodin, are wrong. Goodin—a political scientist who is also an associate editor of Ethics—shows that empirical and ethical theory can and should guide policy. To be useful, however, these philosophical discussions of public affairs must draw upon actual policy experiences rather than contrived cases. Further, they must reflect the broader social consequences of policies rather than just the dilemmas of personal conscience. Effectively in...

Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 352

Utilitarianism as a Public Philosophy

Goodin defends utilitarianism and shows how it can serve as an excellent guide to public policy makers.

What's Wrong With Terrorism?
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 256

What's Wrong With Terrorism?

Terrorists perform terrible acts. They maim, mutilate and kill in pursuit of their goals. The horrifying events of 9/11 and the regular suicide bombings around the world have made terrorism one of the central preoccupations of the twenty-first century. But what is the distinctive wrong of terrorism? Criminal acts such as murder and hijacking are already on the moral statute books, so why is it that we regard terrorists as different from and morally worse than ordinary killers and kidnappers? Some see terrorism is an ideology, others claim it is a deep-seated social or psychological failing, others that it is a form of fighting unfairly judged by just-war standards. In this provocative new bo...

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 222

Social Welfare and Individual Responsibility

Schmidtz and Goodin debate the ethical merits of individual versus collective responsibility for welfare.

Green Political Theory
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 250

Green Political Theory

With their remarkable electoral successes, Green parties worldwide seized the political imagination of friends and foes alike. Mainstream politicians busily disparage them and imitate them in turn. This new book shows that 'greens' deserve to be taken more seriously than that. This is the first full-length philosophical discussion of the green political programme. Goodin shows that green public policy proposals are unified by a single, coherent moral vision - a 'green theory of value' - that is largely independent of the `green theory of agency' dictating green political mechanisms, strategies and tactics on the one hand, and personal lifestyle recommendations on the other. The upshot is that we demand that politicians implement green public policies, and implement them completely, without committing ourselves to the other often more eccentric aspects of green doctrine that threaten to alienate so many potential supporters.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Science
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 1312

The Oxford Handbook of Political Science

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2011-07-07
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  • Publisher: OUP Oxford

Drawing on the rich resources of the ten-volume series of The Oxford Handbooks of Political Science, this one-volume distillation provides a comprehensive overview of all the main branches of contemporary political science: political theory; political institutions; political behavior; comparative politics; international relations; political economy; law and politics; public policy; contextual political analysis; and political methodology. Sixty-seven of the top political scientists worldwide survey recent developments in those fields and provide penetrating introductions to exciting new fields of study. Following in the footsteps of the New Handbook of Political Science edited by Robert Goodin and Hans-Dieter Klingemann a decade before, this Oxford Handbook will become an indispensable guide to the scope and methods of political science as a whole. It will serve as the reference book of record for political scientists and for those following their work for years to come.

The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 358

The Real Worlds of Welfare Capitalism

This book traces how individuals have fared over ten years in each of the three principal types of welfare state. The authors argue that the social democratic welfare regime of the Netherlands outperforms the corporatist German regime and the liberal US regime on a range of measures.

The Theory of Institutional Design
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 288

The Theory of Institutional Design

This volume illustrates and synthesizes new theories of institutional design recently developed by scholars across a range of disciplines.

On Settling
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 114

On Settling

  • Categories: Law

In a culture that worships ceaseless striving, "settling" seems like giving up. But is it? On Settling defends the positive value of settling, explaining why this disdained practice is not only more realistic but more useful than an excessive ideal of striving. In fact, the book makes the case that we'd all be lost without settling--and that even to strive, one must first settle. We may admire strivers and love the ideal of striving, but who of us could get through a day without settling? Real people, confronted with a complex problem, simply make do, settling for some resolution that, while almost certainly not the best that one could find by devoting limitless time and attention to the pro...

Reasons for Welfare
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 423

Reasons for Welfare

Discusses the justification for a minimal welfare state independent of political rhetoric from the right or the left.