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- DescriptionWhen do governments merit our allegiance, and when should they be denied it? Ian Shapiro explores this most enduring of political dilemmas in this invative and engaging book. Building on his highly popular Yale courses, Professor Shapiro evaluates the main contending accounts of the sources of political legitimacy. Starting with theorists of the Enlightenment, he examines the arguments put forward by utilitarians, Marxists, and theorists of the social contract. Next he turns to the anti-Enlightenment tradition that stretches from Edmund Burke to contemporary post-modernists. In the last part of the book Shapiro examines partisans and critics of democracy from Plato's time until our own. He concludes with an assessment of democracy's strengths and limitations as the font of political legitimacy. The book offers a lucid and accessible introduction to urgent ongoing conversations about the sources of political allegiance.
- Author BiographyIan Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Among his many books are Democratic Justice and, with Donald Green, Pathologies of Rational Choice Theory, both published by Yale University Press. He lives in New Haven, CT.
- Author(s)Ian Shapiro
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication04/09/2012
- SubjectPolitical Science & Theory
- Series TitleThe Open Yale Courses
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note8 graphs
- Weight453 g
- Width155 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine19 mm
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