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Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government

Philip Pettit


The long republican tradition is characterized by a conception of freedom as non‐domination, which offers an alternative, both to the negative view of freedom as non‐interference and to the positive view of freedom as self‐mastery. The first part of the book traces the rise and decline of the conception, displays its many attractions and makes a case for why it should still be regarded as a central political ideal. The second part of the book looks at the sorts of political and civil institutions that would be required in a society in which freedom as non‐domination is systematically fostered. ... More

Keywords: civil society, community, constitution, democracy, freedom, republicanism, government, institutions, liberalism, regulation, republicanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198296423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198296428.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Pettit, author
William Professor of Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics