The theory of politics is sometimes seen as abstract, ivory-tower thinking, detached from reality. But the challenges that face Britain today—constitutional reform, possible secession by Scotland, our relation to the authorities in Brussels and in Strasbourg, and our views about immigration and financial equity—all involve fundamental concepts and values. And it is the mission of political theorists to think about how those values and concepts affect the issues that face our politicians and voters. So an Oxford based team has been assembled to present some of our latest thinking on these topics, to show how theory affects practice and how practice generates the problems that engage and fascinate our theorists. This podcast is a recording of a Department of Politics & International Relations Alumni event that took place in the Manor Road Building, University of Oxford, on Saturday 30 November 2013.