Whither Political Theory?

Terence Ball

in Reappraising Political Theory

Published in print November 1994 | ISBN: 9780198279952
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598753 | DOI:
 Whither Political Theory?

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This chapter traces the history of several trends and tendencies in political theory in the latter half of the twentieth century. It begins with the announcement of the `death’ of political theory and the `end of ideology’ in the mid 1950s, traces its purported rebirth in the 1970s, and its trajectory since then. The chapter concludes with several conjectures about the possible future(s) of political theory.

Keywords: ideology; Isaiah Berlin; Peter Laslett; John Rawls; political theory

Chapter.  8670 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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