History of Contemporary Political Ideas


a) To reach a comprehensive understanding of the main political currents from the 18th to the 20th century.
b) To understand the main works of the contemporary political thought and to be able to analize and interpret their historical and cultural context.
c) To achieve skills and knowledges that allow further research developments on the subjects.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

José Manuel Viegas Neves


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language



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AURÉLIO, Diogo Pires (dir.), Representação Política – Textos Clássicos, Lisboa, Horizonte, 2009.
BALIBAR, Étienne & Immanuel WALLERSTEIN, Race, Nation and Class – Ambiguous Identities, Londres, Verso, 1991.
DIAS, Bruno Peixe & José NEVES (dir.), A Política dos Muitos – Povo, Classes e Multidão, Lisboa, Edições Tinta-da-China, 2010.

MIROWSKI, Philippe & Dieter PLEHWE (orgs.). The Road from Mont Pelerin: The Making of the Neoliberal Thought Collective, Cambridge (Mass), Harvard University Press, 2009.
SAMUELS, W.J., BIDDLE, J.E. & J.B.DAVIS (dir.), A Companion to the History of Economic Thought, Oxford, Blackwell, 2003.
SKINNER, Quentin, Visions of Politics, 3 vols., Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Teaching method

heorerical classes: presentation of the syllabus main topics. Theoreitical and pratical classes: debating selected readings and audiovisual elements. Oral presentation of the readings

Evaluation method

Assessment methods - Class participation(20%), Presentation of readings(10%), Written essay (supported by bibliography and empirical info)(70%)

Subject matter

1. Modern Political Ideas
1.1 The state of the art on political representation and collective political action.
1.2. The Modernity among the political subjects and economic objects.

2. From the late 17th century to the World War II
2.1. Economy, Liberalism and nationalism
2.2. The Marxist Critique of liberalism and Nationalism
2.3. Fascist regimes, authoritarianism and Corporatism.

3. From the post war to the fall of the Berlin Wall
3.1 Keynes, Neo-Keynesians and Post-Keynesians
3.2. From liberalism to neoliberalism
3.3. The thought of 68 and the New Left

4. Anticolonial Thought