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Left and Right

The Great Dichotomy Revisited

Editor(s): João Cardoso Rosas, Ana Rita Ferreira
Contributors: Matt Giglioli, Gerd Strohmeier, Marcia Ribeiro Dias, Jose Colen, Joshua Preiss, Irena Schneider, Dirk Rochtus,

Book Description

The “great dichotomy” between left and right has been a feature of pluralist politics since its emergence in modern times. Left and right are also central to the understanding of the political history of the twentieth century and may be gaining renewed visibility in the context of the current economic crisis, both in Europe and beyond. Should scholars think, once again, with and within the dichotomy, or can they think better beyond its strictures? The contributions to this volume provide answers to these and other questions in ways that are theoretically sound and empirically informed.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5155-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5155-8
Date of Publication: 01/11/2013
Pages / Size: 430 / A5
Price: £54.99


João Cardoso Rosas (MA, University of Porto; PhD EUI – Florence) is Associate Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Minho and recurrent Visiting Professor in Lisbon and Madrid. He also has been Visiting Professor at Brown University and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research interests include theories of justice, pluralism and human rights. His most recent books are Concepções da Justiça [Conceptions of Justice] and Futuro Indefinido: Ensaios de Filosofia Política [Indefinite Future: Essays in Political Philosophy]. He was president of the Portuguese Political Science Association between 2010 and 2012 and is currently president of the Portuguese Philosophical Society.

Ana Rita Ferreira is a PhD student and Researcher in Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University and at the Centre of Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho. She also has been a visiting PhD student at the University of Oxford and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Mozambique. She holds a BA in Communication Sciences (Journalism stream) from the Social and Human Sciences Faculty of the New University of Lisbon, and a post-graduate degree in Political Science (Political Theory branch) from the Institute of Political Studies of the Portuguese Catholic University. Her main areas of interest are political ideologies and the role of the Welfare State. Her most recent publication is Ideologias Políticas Contemporâneas: Mudanças e Permanências [Contemporary Political Ideologies: Changes and Permanencies], edited with João Cardoso Rosas.