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In defence of political parties: a symposium on Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s the meaning of partisanship

Bonotti, Matteo, White, Jonathan, Leman Ypi, Lea, Calder, Gideon, Donovan, Mark, Roberts, Peri, Vincent, Andrew and Williams, Howard (2018) In defence of political parties: a symposium on Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s the meaning of partisanship. Political Studies Review, 16 (4). pp. 289-305. ISSN 1478-9299

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1478929918755662


Over the past 10 years, the literature on the normative dimensions of partisanship and party politics has rapidly grown. Yet, however rich and diverse, this literature lacked so far a single text able to comprehensively map the contours of the existing debates and, at the same time, open up a range of future research avenues. Jonathan White and Lea Ypi’s The Meaning of Partisanship does an excellent job at fulfilling both tasks. First, it offers a wide-ranging and sustained engagement with key debates in the history of political thought, contemporary democratic theory and analytical political philosophy. Second, it opens up new areas of research ranging from partisanship across time to revolutionary and transnational partisanship. In this symposium, White and Ypi re-examine some of the book’s main themes by responding to the commentaries offered by six political theorists.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:16

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