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Politicians and pundits have long disparaged their opponents with polemicist cries of "leftist!" or "rightist!" But with the fall of communism and the recent conservative ascendancy in the United States and Europe, many commentators have flatly declared that the traditional left/right distinction has lost its relevance. Now, even as political players scramble to redefine themselves with freshly "spun" labels, Norberto Bobbio asserts that the demise of the left/right distinction has been greatly exaggerated.

Bobbio argues that left and right are not absolute terms, but represent a shifting map of the political spectrum, relative to the particular cultural and historical contexts of a given time. The distinction continues to endure because it reflects the essentially antithetical nature and dynamics of democratic politics. In his accessible yet provocative style, Bobbio constructs a historically informed, analytic division of the political universe along two foundational axes, from equality to inequality, from liberty to authoritarianism. He then charts the past and present tendencies of the left and the right, in both their more moderate and more virulently extreme forms. Ultimately, for Bobbio, the measure of post-modern democracy will indeed lie in where and how we situate ourselves relative to these critical left/right parameters, in whether we cast ourselves, our votes, and our era in terms of political expediency, social viability, or moral responsibility.

A bestseller in Italy, where it sold over three hundred thousand copies, Left and Right is an important contribution to our understanding of global political developments in the 1990s and beyond.

Synopsis:

With the fall of communism and the recent conservative ascendancy in the United States and Europe, many political players scrambled to redefine themselves with freshly "spun" labels, but Bobbio asserts that the reported demise of the left and the right has been greatly exaggerated. Bobbio constructs a historically informed, analytic division of the political universe along two foundational axes, from equality to inequality, from liberty to authoritarianism. He charts the past and present tendencies of the left and the right, in both their moderate and extreme forms.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Preface to the First Italian Edition

1: A Challenge to the Distinction

2: Extremists and Moderates

3: The Left/Right Distinction Survives

4: In Search of the Criterion which Governs the Distinction

5: Other Criteria

6: Equality and Inequality

7: Freedom and Authoritarianism

8: The Pole Star

A Reply to the Critics (1995)

Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226062464
Subtitle:
The Significance of a Political Distinction
Translator:
Cameron, Allan
Author:
Bobbio, Norberto
Author:
Cameron, Allan
Publisher:
University Of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Political sociology
Subject:
Political science -- Philosophy.
Subject:
Right and left
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
19970101
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
148
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.5 x 1 in

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