In Defence of Politics

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A&C Black, Nov 7, 2005 - Political Science - 245 pages
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Crick asserts that politics, with its compromises and power struggles, remains the only tested alternative to government by coercion, making both freedoma nd order possible in heterogeneous societies. For Crick, politics is necessarily imperfect, messy anmd complex, yet his book defends it against htose who would identify it with (and reduce it to) ideology, nationalism, technology or populist democracy.

In this fifth edition, Crick warns us that present-day politicians are in danger of threatening both citizenship and common humanity. He discusses the popular distrust for politicians in both the UK and USA, arguing that they have lowered the level of publicdebate for short-term gain; and he discusses how suchvshort-termism is preventing timely attempts to tackle despoliation of the global environment.
  

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A profound little gem, and a very important book.

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I love this book and return to it often. Starting with some clear distinctions about what is politics and what is a sordid struggle for power, it makes a complex argument for doing politics as the ... Read full review

Contents

The nature of political rule
1
A defence of politics against ideology
18
A defence of politics against democracy
38
A defence of politics against nationalism
54
A defence of politics against technology
70
A defence of politics against false friends
87
In praise of politics
113
A footnote to rally the academic professors
133
price 1992
203
Epilogue 2000
230
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Sir Bernard Crick was Emeritus Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Honorary Fellow in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was chairman of the advisory group on The Teaching of Citizenship and Democracy in Schools and was presented with the Political Studies Association's Fiftieth Anniversary Award for lifetime achievement in political studies in 2000.

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