Politics and the state

Mason, Andrew (1990) Politics and the state. Political Studies, 38, (4), 575-578. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.1990.tb01503.x).


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Political theorists disagree about whether 'politics' and 'the political' should bedefined narrowly or broadly. Defenders of broad conceptions argue that narrow definitions exclude phenomena that ought to be included and lead us to misunderstand the relationship between different forces in society. Defenders of narrow conceptions argue that broad definitions collapse the distinction between the social and the political, and deprive politics of any distinctive identity. I shall argue that neither of these arguments is successful and that disputes over whether we should adopt a narrow or a broad view of politics are, for the most part, merely verbal.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9248.1990.tb01503.x
ISSNs: 0032-3217 (print)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Politics and International Relations
ePrint ID: 33930
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 1990Published
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:00
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33930

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