Power, Luck and Freedom: Collected Essays (Hardback)Keith Dowding (author)
Hardback 312 Pages / Published: 19/10/2016
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This book presents thirteen essays from a leading contemporary political scientist, with a substantial introduction bringing together the themes. The topics covered include political and social power, freedom, choice, rights, responsibility, the author's unique account of luck and systematic luck and the nature of leadership. There are also discussions of conceptual analysis, the structure-agency debate, luck egalitarianism, Sen's liberal paradox, problems in the measurement of freedom and choice and the differences between instrumental and intrinsic accounts of the value of freedom and related concepts. The wide-ranging material will provide an excellent text for students at all levels. It is appropriate reading for a host of courses in the fields of political science, political sociology and political theory at both undergraduate and graduate level. Whilst addressing some philosophically difficult and advanced subjects, the accessible writing makes the subject-matter comprehensible for all levels of students.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 617 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 19 mm
'An impressive piece of work which brings together thirteen articles published by Dowding over the course of twenty-five years. The book, which complements and deepens the theses developed by Dowding in Rational choice and political power, relies on formal political theory and analytical philosophy to shed new light on our understanding of concepts such as power and freedom.' Pamela Pansardi, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Milan, Milan, Italy, Journal of Political Power, Vol. 10, No. 3,2017 -- .
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