Political Theory

Politics without Romance


Much liberal political theory has been idealistic, ideal oriented, or highly normative. An alternative view of liberal political theory tends to question the applicability of rational ethical principles to moral and political life in favor of a more pessimistic, empirically based analysis of political life as it actually is and has been. Conferees explored some of the main themes of this skeptical or realistic approach.


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The Federalist

by By Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
Edited by George W. Carey and James McClellan

The Federalist, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, constitutes a text central to the American political tradition. Written and published in newspapers in 1787 and 1788 to explain and promote ratification of the proposed Constitution for the United States, which were then bound by the Articles of Confederation,…

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Additional Readings

Suárez Figueroa, Naudy, comps. Rómulo Betancourt. Selección de Escritos Políticos 1929-1981. Caracas: Fundación Rómulo Betancourt, 2006.

Achen, Christopher and Larry Bartels. Democracy for Realists. Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Buchanan, James. The Collected Works of James Buchanan, Volume 1 - Logical Foundations of Constitutional Liberty. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1984.

Buchanan, James M. and Geoffrey Brennan. The Collected Works of James M. Buchanan, Volume 10, The Reasons of Rules: Constitutional Political Economy. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2000.

Hayek, F. A. Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 3: The Political Order of a Free People [Phoenix series]. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1979.

Hayek, F. A. The Collected Works of F. A. Hayek, Volume II: The Road to Serfdom - Text and Documents - The Definitive Edition. Edited by Bruce Caldwell. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Hayek, F. A. El Ideal Político del Estado de Derecho. Guatemala: UFM, 2011.

Holmes, Stephen. Passions and Constraints. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.

Rangel, Carlos. El Tercermundismo. Venezuela: Monte Ávila Editores, 1982.

Raz, Joseph. The Authority of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.

Sowell, Thomas. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. New York: Basic Books, 2007.

Waldron, Jeremy. Political Political Theory. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2016.

Yanes, Francisco Javier. Manual Político del Venezolano (1st edition). Caracas: Valentin Espinal, 1839.