Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Political theory: the state of the art

Kelly, Paul (2006) Political theory: the state of the art. Politics, 26 (1). pp. 47-53. ISSN 0263-3957

PDF - Accepted Version
Download (406Kb) | Preview


For much of its history political science has been political theory. As political science begins to establish a stronger sense of identity, political theorists have become more concerned about the point of their activity. In reviewing current trends and future prospects for political theory the author examines the current state of the art, including the undue significance attached to gurus such as Michael Oakeshott and Isaiah Berlin, the quest for normalisation in a preoccupation with theories of justice and the irrelevancy of permanent critique. The author concludes with a suggestion that political theory needs a much greater critical engagement with political science

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2006 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2008 13:00

Actions (login required)

Record administration - authorised staff only Record administration - authorised staff only


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics