New Book Series

Studies in Comparative Political Theory (Oxford University Press)

Editor: Diego von Vacano (Texas A&M University)

Consulting Editors: Andrew March (Yale) and Leigh Jenco (LSE)

The book series will seek to publish the best new research in Comparative Political Theory. We understand this term in a broad sense, as work that goes beyond traditional Western canonical approaches to major political questions or problems. We are especially interested in work that is comparative (deals with two or more distinctive cultural traditions in political thought) and which comes from the discipline of Political Theory in Political Science. However, other approaches and disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Anthropology, and Sociology are welcome. Interdisciplinary perspectives on cardinal political issues will also be of interest.

Non-Western, South-South, Western/Non-Western, Cosmopolitan, and inter-cultural dialogues in political theory, thought, and philosophy, as well as the history of ideas, are welcome. Works that examine important figures and debates in the history of political thought from inter-cultural perspectives will be examined closely for consideration. Latin American, Islamic, East Asian, African, Oceania, South Asian, and East European regional traditions, among others, are of interest. We will also consider work in political theory that is located in the context of advanced developed states if they deal with major inter-cultural issues related to ethnic groups or new immigrant communities and if they engage substantively with the political thought traditions of these groups.

Manuscripts located on the border between Political Theory and Comparative Politics are also in the purview of this series. We seek to reinvigorate political theory in the context of globalization and cultural diversity. Work that addresses issues that have not been dealt properly when using solely the Western canon or Western approaches is especially attractive. Ethnographic work that employs political theory, especially that of non-Western traditions, will also be reviewed.

Topics ought to be of broad interest to a wide audience, not just to area specialists. We seek to address major political problems of wide significance and global appeal, even if they originate in particular locales or contexts. Some themes of particular interest are democracy, authoritarianism, religion, race/ethnicity, gender, migration, identity, and inequality.

Advisory Board: Michael Walzer (IAS), Seyla Benhabib (Yale), Joshua Ober (Stanford), Stephen Macedo (Princeton), Thomas Pangle (UT Austin), Kazuko Suzuki (Texas A&M), Cary Nederman (Texas A&M), JS Maloy (LSU), Ari Adut (UT Austin), Lawrence Hamilton (Wits, South Africa), Rochana Bajpai (SOAS), Elias Palti (UBA Argentina), Aurelian Craiutu (Indiana), Jennifer London (UCLA), Jose Antonio Aguilar (CIDE Mexico), Stephen C. Angle (Wesleyan)

Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Diego von Vacano, Texas A&M University, at The editor may subsequently request abstracts, proposals, or manuscripts.

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