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The Meaning of Partisanship
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The Meaning of Partisanship

Jonathan White and Lea Ypi


For a century at least, parties have been central to the study of politics. Yet their typical 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 the history of 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 practices constitutive of part ... More

Keywords: democracy, institutions, partisanship, party, political ethics, rational reconstruction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan White, author
Associate Professor (Reader) in European Politics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Lea Ypi, author
Associate Professor in Political Theory, London School of Economics and Political Science