On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies

  • Mihaela Mihai
  • Mathias Thaler

Part of the Rhetoric, Politics and Society Series book series (RPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Mihaela Mihai, Mathias Thaler
      Pages 1-9
  3. Theoretical Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Alice MacLachlan
      Pages 13-31
  4. Rites and Rituals of Regret

  5. Challenging Cases

  6. Obstacles and Limitations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 220-246

About this book


Examining the complex nature of state apologies for past injustices, this probes the various functions they fulfil within contemporary democracies. Cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research and insightful philosophical analyses are supplemented by real-life case studies, providing a normative and balanced account of states saying 'sorry'.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mihaela Mihai
    • 1
  • Mathias Thaler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of YorkUK
  2. 2.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137343727
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Political Science Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-46582-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-34372-7
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