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Best Political Theory Books To Read

Here is a list of the best Political Theory books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, And The Moral Conditions Of Freedom (2017)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadThis book provides a complete overview of the American Founders’ political theory, covering natural rights, natural law, state of nature, social compact, consent, and the policy implications of these ideas.
Author(s): Thomas G. West

Great Political Theories V.1: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the Greeks to the Enlightenment (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadAs an introduction to political theory and science, this collection of writings by the great philosophers will be of close interest to general readers. It also serves as a basic textbook for students of government and political theory.
Author(s): M Curtis, Michael Curtis

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory (Oxford Handbooks) (2008)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadLong recognized as one of the main branches of political science, political theory has in recent years burgeoned in many different directions. Close textual analysis of historical texts sits alongside more analytical work on the nature and normative grounds of political values.
Author(s): John S. Dryzek , Bonnie Honig, et al.

Political Theory: An Introduction (2015)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadThis leading text provides a concise and broad-ranging introduction to the contemporary study of political theory. Each chapter discusses a cluster of interrelated concepts and examines how they have been used by different thinkers and traditions and explores related debates and controversies.
Author(s): Andrew Heywood

Great Political Theories V.2: A Comprehensive Selection of the Crucial Ideas in Political Philosophy from the French Revolution to Modern Times (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2008)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadThis carefully selected compilation of the significant writings of the great political philosophers, scientists, and thinkers has long been an invaluable guide to the general reader as well as to the serious student of history, political science, and government. Such essential forces as Revolution, Idealism, and Nationalism are examined in detail and expounded by their leading exponents.
Author(s): M Curtis, Michael Curtis

Introduction to Political Theory (2015)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadIntroduction to Political Theory is a text for the 21st century. It shows students why an understanding of theory is crucial to an understanding of issues and events in a rapidly shifting global political landscape.
Author(s): John Hoffman, Paul Graham

History of Political Theory: An Introduction: Volume II: Modern (Volume 2) (2013)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadHistory of Political Theory: An Introduction not only explores the great works of Western political theory but demonstrates their continuing relevance. Volume II traces the origin and development of liberal political theory, and so the foundations for contemporary views. The work provides a readable, scholarly introduction to the great figures in Western political theory from Hobbes to Marx.
Author(s): George Klosko

African Americans and the American Political System (4th Edition) (1998)

 Best Political Theory Books To ReadOffers a systematic, theoretical, and structural framework for more accurate appraisal of the relative nature and influence of governing institutions and of past, present, and recurring developments on African-American and American Politics generally.
Author(s): Lucius J. Barker, Mack Jones, et al.

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Political Issues, Expanded (2013)

 Best Political Theory Books To Readvolumes present current controversial issues in a debate-style format designed to stimulate student interest and develop critical thinking skills. Each issue is thoughtfully framed with Learning Outcomes, an Issue Summary, an Introduction, and an Exploring the Issue section featuring Critical Thinking and Reflection, Is There Common Ground?, and Additional Resources. readers also offer a Topic Guide and an annotated listing of Internet References for further consideration of the issues.
Author(s): George McKenna, Stanley Feingold

Best Political Theory Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some political theory books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Political Theory: An Introduction

Author(s): Andrew Heywood, Clayton Chin
ID: 3628033, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2023, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Confucian Sentimental Representation: A New Approach to Confucian Democracy

Author(s): Kyung Rok Kwon
ID: 3184949, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory (Routledge International Handbooks)

Author(s): Gerard Delanty (editor), Stephen P. Turner (editor)
ID: 3193809, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2022, Size: 14 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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