The Meaning of Partisanship

Hardcover | November 5, 2016

byJonathan White, Lea Ypi

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For a century at least, parties have been central to the study of politics. Yet their typical conceptual reduction to a network of power-seeking elites has left many to wonder why parties were ever thought crucial to democracy. This book seeks to retrieve a richer conception of partisanship,drawing on modern political thought and extending it in the light of contemporary democratic theory and practice. Looking beyond the party as organization, the book develops an original account of what it is to be a partisan. It examines the ideas, orientations, obligations, and practicesconstitutive of partisanship properly understood, and how these intersect with the core features of democratic life. Such an account serves to underline in distinctive fashion why democracy needs its partisans, and puts in relief some of the key trends of contemporary politics.

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For a century at least, parties have been central to the study of politics. Yet their typical conceptual reduction to a network of power-seeking elites has left many to wonder why parties were ever thought crucial to democracy. This book seeks to retrieve a richer conception of partisanship,drawing on modern political thought and exten...

Jonathan White is Associate Professor (Reader) in European Politics at the LSE. He gained his doctorate at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, and has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Advanced Studies (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Sciences Po in Paris, the Australia...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:November 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199684170

ISBN - 13:9780199684175

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Table of Contents

1. The Partisan Claim2. Partisans and their Doubles3. Partisan Justification4. Partisanship and Political Commitment5. Associative Obligations6. Partisanship in Time7. Partisan Compromise8. Revolutionary Partisanship9. Transnational Partisanship10. The Shape of a Party