Issues in Political Theory

Fourth Edition

Catriona McKinnon, Robert Jubb, Patrick Tomlin

Issues in Political Theory

Fourth Edition

Catriona McKinnon, Robert Jubb, Patrick Tomlin






20 Mar 2019




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With a focus on real-world problems and debates, Issues in Political Theory is the clearest and most engaging introduction to political theory and how it is applied to address a range of global challenges. Its team of expert contributors introduce students to important concepts, key thinkers, and major texts in political theory, while extended case studies at the end of each chapter show students how to apply theoretical ideas to real contemporary issues and debates.


  • New chapters on liberty, global poverty, sovereignty and borders, and the environment provide students with fresh insight on important debates in political theory.
  • A range of new case studies—including those on same-sex marriage, racial inequality, sweatshop labour, and Brexit—demonstrate the relevance of political theory to current real-world issues.
  • Two new editors, Robert Jubb (University of Reading) and Patrick Tomlin (University of Warwick), join the editorial team, offering new expert perspectives on key political ideas.

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Introduction Robert Jubb, Catriona McKinnon, and Patrick Tomlin

  1. Political Obligation Keith Hyams
  2. Liberty Ian Carter
  3. Crime and Punishment Massimo Renzo
  4. Democracy Thomas Christiano
  5. Power David Owen
  6. Equality and Social Justice Jonathan Wolff
  7. Toleration Anna Elisabetta Galeotti
  8. Multiculturalism Monica Mookherjee
  9. Gender Clare Chambers
  10. Global Poverty Zofia Stemplowska
  11. Human Rights Tom Campbell
  12. Sovereignty and Borders Sarah Fine
  13. War and Intervention Helen Frowe
  14. The Environment Simon Caney


Catriona McKinnon - Professor of Political Theory, University of Reading.

Robert Jubb - Associate Professor in Political Philosophy, University of Reading.

Patrick Tomlin - Reader in Philosophy, University of Warwick.


Tom Campbell - Charles Sturt University, Australia.
Simon Caney - University of Warwick, UK.
Ian Carter - University of Pavia, Italy.
Clare Chambers - University of Cambridge, UK.
Thomas Christiano - University of Arizona, USA.
Sarah Fine - King's College London, UK.
Helen Frowe - Stockholm University, Sweden.
Anna Elisabetta Galeotti - University of Eastern Piedmont, Vercelli, Italy.
Keith Hyams - University of Warwick, UK.
Robert Jubb - University of Reading, UK.
Catriona McKinnon - University of Reading, UK.
Monica Mookherjee - Keele University, UK.
David Owen - University of Southampton, UK.
Massimo Renzo - King's College London, UK.
Zofia Stemplowska - University of Oxford,UK.
Patrick Tomlin - University of Warwick, UK.
Jonathan Wolff - University of Oxford, UK.


"The best introduction to the study of political theory... It provides a clear, concise, and structured introduction to the most important themes and debates in the field, and proposes a wide palette of concepts and approaches to reflect the diversity of political theory." - Charles Devellennes, Kent University

"Engagingly written, attractive in its format and presentation, and provides a good balance between real-world issues and introductory political theory." - Stephen Winter, University of Auckland