Ian Shapiro makes a compelling case that the overriding purpose of politics should be to combat domination. Moreover, he shows how to put resistance to domination into practice at home and abroad. This is a major work of applied political theory, a profound challenge to utopian visions, and a guide to fundamental problems of justice and distribution.
"Shapiro's insights are trenchant, especially with regards to the Citizens United decision, and his counsel on how the `status-quo bias' in national political institutions favors the privileged. After more than a decade of imperial overreach, his restrained account of foreign policy should likewise find support."
-Scott A. Lucas, Los Angeles Review of Books
"Shapiro has a brief and compelling section on the importance of hope in his first chapter. This book enacts and encourages hope, with its analytical clarity, deep engagement of complicated political issues that resist easy theorizing, and emphasis on the politically possible."
-Kathleen Tipler, Political Science Quarterly
"Offers important insights for thinking about democracy's prospects."
-Christopher Hobson, Perspectives on Politics
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 235 x 156 mm
Ian Shapiro has the richest knowledge of contemporary politics across the world and the keenest sense of political reality of any American political theorist. Politics against Domination is his trenchant summary of what he has learnt from more than three decades of strenuous inquiry and hard thought.--John Dunn, University of Cambridge
Ian Shapiro combines erudite, rigorous political theorizing with a public intellectual's ability to canvass and illuminate contemporary domestic and global problems. It's a rare blend, one that makes Politics against Domination a book both for academic syllabi and presidential reading lists. It is a book that has actually changed my mind on how to think about international intervention.--Anne-Marie Slaughter
Shapiro's insights are trenchant, especially with regards to the Citizens United decision, and his counsel on how the 'status-quo bias' in national political institutions favors the privileged. After more than a decade of imperial overreach, his restrained account of foreign policy should likewise find support.--Scott A. Lucas "Los Angeles Review of Books "