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The Political Theory of Political Thinking: The Anatomy of a Practice

Michael Freeden


The book explores what it means to say that human beings think politically, and what is distinctive about that kind of thinking. It examines the actual, real-world patterns people display when thinking politically, focusing on six features of political thinking. They include the role of making ultimate decisions and regulating all social affairs, ranking collective priorities, mobilizing support for groups or withholding it, conceptualizing social order and stability as well as disorder and instability, projecting future visions and constructing plans for a society, and engaging the power aspe ... More

Keywords: political thinking, political theory, ranking, order, decisions, power, discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199568031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Freeden, author
Professor of Political Theory, University of Nottingham