Republicanism

Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Michael Freeden, ed., Oxford University Press, 2013, Forthcoming

28 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2012  

Cecile Laborde

University College London, Political Science

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

After presenting the recent republican revival, focusing in particular on the neo-republican school of thought, this chapter assesses the exact nature of the differences between liberalism and republicanism, and notably the republicanism of freedom as non-domination associated with Philip Pettit. Drawing on the tools of ideological analysis, as laid out by Michael Freeden, it shows that some of these disagreements are conceptual; others are normative; and yet others are strategic. In particular, republicans have a distinctive understanding of the concept of liberty; their focus on non-domination and ‘anti-power’ shapes a more comprehensive, progressive political agenda; and their language is more effective as a critique of real-world neo-liberal politics.

Keywords: republicanism, freedom, non-domination, liberalism, Philip Pettit, Michael Freeden, ideology, neo-liberal politics

Suggested Citation

Laborde, Cecile, Republicanism (2012). Oxford Handbook of Political Ideologies, Michael Freeden, ed., Oxford University Press, 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2160877

Cecile Laborde (Contact Author)

University College London, Political Science ( email )

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