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Political Science: Political Theory

library and other key resources in this discipline

Political Theory Databases -- Best Bets

Political Philosophies and Systems

Additional Databases

One approach to Political Philosophy

Professor Smith's introduction to political philosophy course at Yale.

Getting Started with Political Theory Research

Political philosophy
     is the study of such topics as: liberty, justice, property, rights, law; and the enforcement by authority of a legal code. With the rise of globalization, the interplay between political philosophers and international relations is also an important area of study in political science.

Political theorists, on the whole, are concerned with how people live together collectively and examine social, economic and political arrangements.

Starting Points for Research Topics 

Great Thinkers -- Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Machiavelli, Christine de Pizan, Hobbes, John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hegel, Alexis de Tocqueville, John Stuart Mill, Harriet Taylor Mill, Karl Marx, Susan B. Anthony, Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, etc.

Isms or Political Ideologies -- classical Liberalism, socialism, communism, fascism, contemporary conservatism and liberalism, feminism, etc.

Problems or Political Issues -- poverty, religion and public life, democracy, liberty vs. equality, human rights, the welfare state, the environment, etc.

Popular Culture -- movies, architecture, TV shows, blogs, voices of ethnic minorities and women

Reference books about political theory: