Pettit and Marti's "A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero's Spain" Named One of the Best Economics and Politics Books of 2010

Friday, Dec 3, 2010
by aperhac

José Luis Martí and Philip Pettit's recent book “A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain” has been recognized as one of the five best economics and politics books of the year in the “New Statesman” November 29th edition. This work is a product of the scholars’ collaboration during Martí’s year as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellow at the University Center for Human Values in 2008-2009.
 
“A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain” looks at the adoption and application of Pettit’s principles of freedom and government from when José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was elected Spain’s president in 2004. These principles, which Pettit laid out in his book “Republicanism,” spring from his reworking of ideas in the long republican tradition. Invited by Mr. Zapatero to review the Spanish government’s fidelity to these principles before the 2008 election, Pettit gave the government a qualified thumbs-up. Published by Princeton University Press in the summer of 2010, Pettit and Martí’s book includes an interview with Zapatero, describes the historical background behind the actions of his government, illustrates the principles of civic republicanism, and contains Pettit’s review as well as his response to its critics. The authors also explore what is necessary for a political philosophy to play the public role that civic republicanism has been playing in Spain.