In defence of politics

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Penguin, 1982 - Political Science - 240 pages
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In this illuminating celebration of the political world, Bernard Crick asserts that politics, with its compromises and power struggles, remains the only tested alternative to government by coercion, making both freedom and order possible in heterogeneous societies. For Crick, politics is messy and complex, and his book defends it against those who would identify it with (and reduce it to) ideology, democracy, nationalism, or technology. This Fourth edition has been updated to include an assessment of the revolutions in 1989 in Eastern Europe. It also examines current situations in Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, and South Africa. "A short book written with verve and brilliance. . . . He has written an exceedingly clever and disturbing book on important issues, all that he writes is alive and much of what he says, even when it seems perversely provocative, turns out to be penetrating and serious." --Isaiah Berlin, 20th Century "One of the most thoughtful products of the political dialogues of the London School of Economics since the great days of Tawney, Dalton, Wallas and Hobhouse. Its sobriety, liberal spirit and toughness of mind are rare qualities in any political work." --Edward Shils, Guardian Bernard Crick is emeritus professor of politics at Birkbeck College, London, and honorary fellow of Edinburgh University. Among his publications are George Orwell: A Life.

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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

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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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The Nature of Political Rule
A Defence of Politics Against Ideology

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