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Pandemic as Political Theory

Swift, A; (2021) Pandemic as Political Theory. In: Niker, F and Bhattacharya, A, (eds.) Political Philosophy in a Pandemic Routes to a More Just Future. (pp. 257-266). Bloomsbury Academic: London, UK. Green open access

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Does the COVID-19 crisis reveal anything about the nature of politics or political theory in general? This chapter argues that the pandemic has, in large part, simply provided more vivid evidence of something we already knew – that we live in societies where people are subject to unjust laws made in unjust ways. Nonetheless, slightly more optimistically, it considers the possibility that the pandemic might function as a wake-up call, alerting us all to quite how bad things have got and showing that big changes are politically possible. We can only hope that the pandemic will prove a more effective teacher of political theory than political theorists have been.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Pandemic as Political Theory
ISBN: 1350225894
ISBN-13: 9781350225893
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/political-philosophy...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10124533
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