Exile and Re‐Entry: Political Theory Yesterday and Tomorrow

Arlene W. Saxonhouse

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Exile and Re‐Entry: Political Theory Yesterday and Tomorrow


This article describes the changes in the conception of political theory. It provides a brief history of the study of political theory and considers the notable works of Robert Dahl, Leo Strauss, and George Sabine. It argues against the claim that political theorists today is too abstracted from the world in which we live and argues in defence of a reading of texts as a practice of political theory that continues as a vibrant method employed by a wide range of practitioners in the field and as one that should continue from this point on.

Keywords: political theory; Robert Dahl; Leo Strauss; George Sabine; political theorists

Article.  6455 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Theory

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