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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

How to Understand Normative Political Theory
How to understand normative political theory
Furio Cerutti

What is this chapter about? The answer might not be as self-evident as many are inclined to think. Also, if we wish to rethink the relevant notions rather than conforming to the mainstream, it is convenient to make clear which language conventions we are going to follow.

By norm let us understand a sentence that indicates in an imperative mode (‘ought') how to behave in certain fields of action and that is linked to a general rule (‘principle'). Normativity is the effective presence of norms in a certain field (e.g. morality, politics, aesthetics) of human activity, accompanied by reasons or justifications for their validity. Normativity (‘ought') is opposed ...

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