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Liberal realism: A realist theory of liberal politics

Matt Sleat


Events at the beginning of the twenty-first century have served to demonstrate to us the truth of the insight at the heart of the recent renewed interest in realist political theory that politics is characterized by inevitable and endemic disagreement and conflict. Yet much contemporary liberal political theory has taken place against the backdrop of an assumed widespread consensus on liberal values and principles. A central theoretical question for our day is therefore whether liberalism is a theory of politics consonant with the modern world or whether it is grounded in untenable theoretical ... More

Keywords: Realism, Liberalism, Legitimacy, Coercion, Politics, Pluralism, Conflict

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719088902
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088902.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matt Sleat, author