What is Politics?

What is Politics? : The Activity and its Study

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What is politics? Is it a universal feature of all human societies, past and present? Is it tied to specific institutional arenas? Or is it found in all groups and organizations, large or small, formal or informal? This new textbook seeks to provide answers to these important questions. Starting with what it means to 'think politically', the book goes on to explore a wide range of meanings attributed to the concept of politics from a variety of perspectives and theoretical traditions. It offers succinct and coherent overviews by some of the foremost scholars in the field, and each invites the reader to see the activity of politics in a distinctive way. Topics covered include politics as a form of rule, feminist approaches to politics, Marxism and politics, the politics of human behaviour, environmental politics, politics as collective choice, and Islam and politics. Written with the new student in mind, this concise introduction to the study and activity of politics is essential reading for all those coming to the discipline for the first time.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745698526

About Adrian Leftwich

Adrian Leftwich is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York.show more

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`I know of no other work that gives such a good indication of the various ways in which the study of politics can be approached. This book will be immensely helpful for new students.' "Michael Levin, Goldsmith's College, University of London""`This is a superb volume, which should quickly establish itself at the top of politics reading lists at all levels. No student of politics can afford not to read it; its publication is cause for considerable celebration. The chapters themselves are suitably diverse and, at the same time, accessible, eloquent and engaging. They establish supremely well the inherently contested nature of the subject matter of political analysis and can only serve to improve both mutual understanding between contending views of politics and the quality of future academic debate.' "Colin Hay, University of Birmingham" 'I know of no other work that gives such a good indication of the various ways in which the study of politics can be approached. This book will be immensely helpful for new students.' Michael Levin, Goldsmith's College, University of London 'This is a superb volume, which should quickly establish itself at the top of politics reading lists at all levels. No student of politics can afford not to read it; its publication is cause for considerable celebration. The chapters themselves are suitably diverse and, at the same time, accessible, eloquent and engaging. They establish supremely well the inherently contested nature of the subject matter of political analysis and can only serve to improve both mutual understanding between contending views of politics and the quality of future academic debate.' Colin Hay, University of Birminghamshow more

Table of contents

Preface: Adrian Leftwich vii The Contributors xi 1 Thinking Politically: On the politics of Politics 1Adrian Leftwich 2 Politics is About Governing 23B. Guy Peters 3 Politics and the Exercise of Force 41Peter P. Nicholson 4 Marxism and Politics 53Alex Callinicos 5 Politics as a Form of Rule: Politics, Citizenship and Democracy 67Bernard Crick 6 Politics as Collective Choice 86Albert Weale 7 The Political Approach to Human Behavior: People, Resources and Power 100Adrian Leftwich 8 Politics Beyond Boundaries: A Feminist Perspective 119Judith Squires 9 Political Philosophy and Politics 135Adam Shift 10 Is there an Islamic Conception of Politics? 147Salwa Ismail 11 Politics as Distorted Global Politics 166Anthony McGrew 12 Politics as if Nature Mattered 182Neil Carter Index 196show more

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