Introduction to Political Theory 6/e by O.P. GaubaHandy reference for basic political philosophy ideas of equality, justice,rights, democracy, state.
There is focus on constructing political arguments logically .For instance, dealing with questions - is censorship justified?, Does affirmative action violate liberty?
There is coverage of different perspectives on ideals. Take the case of liberty.It is considered as absence of restraint by right liberals , while it means providing opportunities for creativity to individuals for Marcuse, MacPherson. Analysing these perspectives, the author argues middle path over extreme positions like Rawls theory of Justice over Hayek.
Ideas of Indian thinkers are discussed. Nehru was very modern in his outlook. He favored cultivating a scientific temper, no role of religion in politics and democratic socialism. While Ambedkar and Periyar were committed to social justice for lower castes .Chankya is a hardcore realist favoring a autocrat state.
Overall, a concise introductory book.
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Political theory notes pdf in hindi
This new edition of An Introduction of Political Theory examines a fairly wide range of issues concerning the ever-expanding field of political theory in a multidisciplinary historical - sociological - economic - philosophical - juristic perspective. It elaborates the nature and significance of political theory, concept of ideology with a concise and critical discussion of major political ideologies, nature of politics and various approaches to its study including empirical, normative, behavioural, post-behavioural as well as interdisciplinary approach. It elucidates the concepts of the state and sovereignty with reference to the challenges of imperialism, neo-colonialism, impact of globalization, grounds and limits of political obligation, various dimensions, of law, power, citizenship, human rights, liberty including creative freedom , equality including equality of opportunity , justice including social justice and the common good. Then it dwells on various models and theories of democracy, indicating the significance of multiculturalism. Finally it gives a critical account of the theories of social change and development with special reference to the problems of underdevelopment, sustainable development and political development. All important issues have been examined from various reference points including liberal, libertarian, Marxist, neo-Marxist, communitarian, elitist, pluralist, socialist, social democratic, anarchist, moralist, ecological, Gandhian, Feminist and subaltern perspectives. The author has adopted an analytical and critical approach that inspires the readers to think for themselves rather than look for ready-made solutions.
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