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Applying Political Theory


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Introduction How Should Domestic Resources Be Distributed? Taxation, Welfare and Redistribution Are Minority Cultures Entitled to Recognition and Rights? Is Affirmative Action Fair? Should Prostitution and Pornography Be Legal? Should Same-Sex Marriage Be Legal? Should the State Prohibit Euthanasia and Abortion? Should Offensive Speech Be Regulated? Should Civil Liberties Be Restricted in Responding to the Threat of Terrorism? Should Rich Countries Give More Foreign Aid? Can Military Intervention into other Countries Be Justified on Humanitarian Grounds? Should the Natural Environment Be Protected for Future Generations?

About the Author

KATHERINE SMITS is Senior Lecturer in Political Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to this she was Visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University, USA. She has published on political theory, multiculturalism and historical apology, and is the author of Reconstructing Post-Nationalist Liberal Pluralism: From Interest to Identity (Palgrave 2005).


'An impressive introductory text that powerfully demonstrates how political theory can be applied to a range of key contemporary political issues.' - John Dryzek, ANU 'A genuinely different sort of text that makes political theory engage with major questions of public policy. Clearly and concisely, and using a range of telling examples from around the world, Kathy Smits shows how key debates in political theory relate to the most urgent issues of our time.' - Peter Jones, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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