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The concept of the political
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Schmitt, Carl, (1888-1985.)

The concept of the political / by Carl Schmitt ; translation, introd., and notes by George Schwab ; with comments on Schmitt's essay by Leo Strauss.

New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, c1976.

The spirit of the laws
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Montesquieu, Charles de Secondat <baron de, ; 1689-1755.>

The spirit of the laws / Montesquieu ; translated and edited by Anne M. Cohler, Basia Carolyn Miller, Harold Samuel Stone.

New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Cambridge texts in the history of political thought

Abstract: The Spirit of the Laws is, without question, one of the central texts in the history of eighteenth-century thought, yet there has been no complete, scholarly English-language edition since that of Thomas Nugent, published in 1750. This lucid translation renders Montesquieu's problematic text newly accessible to a fresh generation of students, helping them to understand quite why Montesquieu was such an important figure in the early enlightenment and why The Spirit of the Laws was, for example, such an influence upon those who framed the American constitution. Fully annotated, this edition focuses attention upon Montesquieu's use of sources and his text as a whole, rather than upon those opening passages towards which critical energies have traditionally been devoted, and a select bibliography and chronology are provided for those coming to Montesquieu's work for the first time.

Sovereign power and bare life
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Agamben, Giorgio <1942->

Sovereign power and bare life / Giorgio Agamben / translated by Daniel Heller-Roazen.

Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press 1998

Abstract: The work of Giorgio Agamben, one of Italy's most important and original philosophers, has been based on an uncommon erudition in classical traditions of philosophy and rhetoric, the grammarians of late antiquity, Christian theology, and modern philosophy. Recently, Agamben has begun to direct his thinking to the constitution of the social and to some concrete, ethico-political conclusions concerning the state of society today, and the place of the individual within it. In Homo Sacer, Agamben aims to connect the problem of pure possibility, potentiality, and power with the problem of political and social ethics in a context where the latter has lost its previous religious, metaphysical, and cultural grounding.

Illicit flows and criminal things
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Illicit flows and criminal things : states, borders, and the other side of globalization / edited by Willem van Schendel and Itty Abraham.

Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2005.

Tracking globalization

Abstract: Examining the 'dark side' of globalization, this book offers a new perspective on illegal transnational linkages. Providing detailed case studies, the contributors show how states, borders & the language of law enforcement produce criminality, & argue for a nuanced approach that allows distinction between the illegal & the illicit.

The inclusion of the other
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Habermas, Jèurgen.

The inclusion of the other : studies in political theory / Jèurgen Habermas ; edited by Ciaran Cronin and Pablo De Greif.

Cambridge, Mass. : MIT PRess, c1998.

Studies in contemporary German social thought

Abstract: The Inclusion of the Other contains Habermas's most recent work in political theory and political philosophy. Here Habermas picks up some of the central themes of Between Facts and Norms and elaborates them in relation to current political debates.One of the distinctive features of Habermas's work has been its approach to the problem of political legitimacy through a sustained reflection on the dual legitimating and regulating function of modern legal systems. Extending his discourse theory of normative validity to the legal-political domain, Habermas has defended a proceduralist conception of deliberative democracy in which the burden of legitimating state power is borne by informal and legally institutionalized processes of political deliberation. Its guiding intuition is the radical democratic idea that there is an internal relation between the rule of law and popular sovereignty. In these essays he brings this discursive and proceduralist analysis of political legitimacy to bear on such urgent contemporary issues as the enduring legacy of the welfare state, the future of the nation state, and the prospects of a global politics of human rights. This book will be essential reading for students and academics in sociology and social theory, politics and political theory, philosophy and the social sciences generally.

On the people's terms
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Pettit, Philip <1945->

On the people's terms : a republican theory and model of democracy / Philip Pettit.

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.

The Seeley lectures ; 8

Abstract: According to republican theory, we are free persons to the extent that we are protected and secured in the same fundamental choices, on the same public basis, as one another. But there is no public protection or security without a coercive state. Does this mean that any freedom we enjoy is a superficial good that presupposes a deeper, political form of subjection? Philip Pettit addresses this crucial question in On the People's Terms. He argues that state coercion will not involve individual subjection or domination insofar as we enjoy an equally shared form of control over those in power. This claim may seem utopian but it is supported by a realistic model of the institutions that might establish such democratic control. Beginning with a fresh articulation of republican ideas, Pettit develops a highly original account of the rationale of democracy, breathing new life into democratic theory.