“Whoa! It’s like Spotify but for academic articles.”

Instant Access to Thousands of Journals for just $40/month

Introduction

MichaelFreeden Mansfield College, Oxford, OX1 3TF, UK, michael.freeden@mansfield.ox.ac.uk The mood among political theorists is beginning to change. Following a method- ological retreat in recent decades from the certainties and harmonies that political theory was prone to offer, and an alternative move towards contingency, plural- ism and the normality of contestation, a further step now beckons. It reflects a growing awareness of the importance of developing proper comparative frame- works for political theory. A comparative study of political thought must incorporate larger perspectives, look beyond the patterns of particular instances and explore the great variety of political thinking across the globe in search both of commonalities and differences. It needs to ask how thinking about politics is expressed within different epistemological and cultural contexts, and how differ- ent ideological configurations are shaped across time and space, so that we can nourish a richer understanding of the nature of political thought. Nor can it rest content with telling parallel but separate stories. It has to generate methodologies – currently still in their infancy – that pick up the subtleties required to engage in proper comparative analysis. This special issue is an initial attempt to give impetus to such a project, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Political Theory SAGE

Introduction

Abstract

MichaelFreeden Mansfield College, Oxford, OX1 3TF, UK, michael.freeden@mansfield.ox.ac.uk The mood among political theorists is beginning to change. Following a method- ological retreat in recent decades from the certainties and harmonies that political theory was prone to offer, and an alternative move towards contingency, plural- ism and the normality of contestation, a further step now beckons. It reflects a growing awareness of the importance of developing proper comparative frame- works for political theory. A comparative study of political thought must incorporate larger perspectives, look beyond the patterns of particular instances and explore the great variety of political thinking across the globe in search both of commonalities and differences. It needs to ask how thinking about politics is expressed within different epistemological and cultural contexts, and how differ- ent ideological configurations are shaped across time and space, so that we can nourish a richer understanding of the nature of political thought. Nor can it rest content with telling parallel but separate stories. It has to generate methodologies – currently still in their infancy – that pick up the subtleties required to engage in proper comparative analysis. This special issue is an initial attempt to give impetus to such a project,
Loading next page...
 
/lp/sage/introduction-scq7mWdNRk

Sorry, we don’t have permission to share this article on DeepDyve,
but here are related articles that you can start reading right now:

Explore the DeepDyve Library

How DeepDyve Works

Spend time researching, not time worrying you’re buying articles that might not be useful.

Unlimited reading

Read as many articles as you need. Full articles with original layout, charts and figures. Read online, from anywhere.

Stay up to date

Keep up with your field with Personalized Recommendations and Follow Journals to get automatic updates.

Organize your research

It’s easy to organize your research with our built-in tools.

Your journals are on DeepDyve

Read from thousands of the leading scholarly journals from Springer, Elsevier, Nature, IEEE, Wiley-Blackwell and more.

All the latest content is available, no embargo periods.

See the journals in your area

Simple and Affordable Pricing

14-day free trial. Cancel anytime, with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Monthly Plan

  • Read unlimited articles
  • Personalized recommendations
  • Print 20 pages per month
  • 20% off on PDF purchases
  • Organize your research
  • Get updates on your journals and topic searches

$40/month

Best Deal — 25% off

Annual Plan

  • All the features of the Professional Plan, but for 25% off!
  • For the normal price of 10 articles elsewhere, you get one full year of unlimited access to articles.

$30/month
billed annually