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Redefining Politics

Redefining Politics

1st Edition

Adrian Leftwich
April 15, 2013

This book challenges conventional conceptions of politics which focus largely on the institutions of government and the associated struggles for power around them. It argues that politics is involved in all the activities of cooperation and conflict whereby people organize the use, production and...

The Political Sciences: General Principles of Selection in Social Science and History

The Political Sciences: General Principles of Selection in Social Science and History

1st Edition

Hugh Stretton
April 15, 2013

Social science is a social activity as well as a method of discovery. The researchers’ values and politics colour their work and so do their choices of scientific method. This book is about both – the technical effects of values and the political effects of technique. The author reports what social...

The Left and Rights: A Conceptual Analysis of the Idea of Socialist Rights

The Left and Rights: A Conceptual Analysis of the Idea of Socialist Rights

1st Edition

Tom Campbell
April 15, 2013

The book presents an analysis of the concept of rights and provides an illuminating expression of socialist ideals. The author outlines an analysis of fundamental human rights compatible with historical relativism and applies this to the political right of freedom of expression and the economic...

A Fantasy of Reason

A Fantasy of Reason

1st Edition

Don Locke
April 15, 2013

This ‘philosophical biography’ gives an account of Godwin’s life and thought, and by setting his thoughts in the context of his life, brings the two into juxtaposition. It relates Godwin’s views on politics and morality, education and religion, freedom and society, to the events of his life,...

The Greek State

The Greek State

1st Edition

Victor Ehrenberg
April 15, 2013

This book charts the development and character of the political forms that grew out of the age of Greek immigration into the Aegean, and establishes the forms which in the course of history were decisive. It also examines the impact which the various forms of state exerted on Greek civilization and...

Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France

1st Edition

F. P. Lock
April 15, 2013

Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France is one of the major texts in the western intellectual tradition. This book describes Burke’s political and intellectual world, stressing the importance of the idea of ‘property’ in Burke’s thought. It then focuses more closely on Burke’s...

A Short History of Electoral Systems in Western Europe

A Short History of Electoral Systems in Western Europe

1st Edition

Andrew McLaren Carstairs
April 15, 2013

This book provides a concise and accessible account of the historical experience of European parliaments – why different electoral systems were adopted, how they have functioned, how they have affected the development of political parties, and in what respects they have been found over time to be...

Annihilation and Utopia

Annihilation and Utopia

1st Edition

Errol E. Harris
April 15, 2013

Originally published in 1966. The main purpose of this book is not philosophical speculation, but to draw the obvious conclusions from political and historical facts about the prospects and methods of human political survival. The central theme is developed in the context of problems which cause...

Government and the Governed

Government and the Governed

1st Edition

Douglas Wass
April 15, 2013

This book, originally published in 1983 examines how effectively in Britain central government is equipped to secure efficiency and responsiveness and argues that as a result of shifts in the balance of power between the executive arm of government in Whitehall and the legislature in Parliament,...

Political Representation and Elections in Britain

Political Representation and Elections in Britain

1st Edition

Peter Pulzer
April 15, 2013

Originally published in 1972, this edition includes expanded sections on class and voting and elites and participation in modern democracy. Many popular misconceptions - about the militancy of party activists, the relations between MPs and constituents, the role of TV and the fairness of the...

Authority and Democracy

Authority and Democracy

1st Edition

April Carter
April 15, 2013

This book debates the nature and functions of authority: it examines how far our inherited images of authority derive from an aristocratic and traditional order and considers which models of authority are still relevant in a democratic and rationalist society. It discusses the characteristics of...

Direct Action and Liberal Democracy

Direct Action and Liberal Democracy

1st Edition

April Carter
April 15, 2013

This study focuses primarily on the nature of "direct action" in relation to contemporary movements, and considers the role of direct action methods in past campaigns for constitutional and social rights. Boycotts, sit-ins, obstructions, civil disobedience and other unconstitutional forms of...

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