In Defence of Politics

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Bloomsbury Academic, 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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Very provocative defence of man's oldest and vilest occupation. Very very interesting. A must read. Read full review

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In Defence of Politics by Mr. Bob Rae
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The "political virtues" were an important feature of Crick's classic book, In Defence of Politics; he saw them as an alternative to "ideology" or any ...
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About the author (2005)

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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