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Politics and the state

Mason, Andrew (1990) Politics and the state Political Studies, 38, (4), pp. 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.

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Published date: December 1990


Local EPrints ID: 33930
ISSN: 0032-3217
PURE UUID: 27a750ba-cb30-4574-b7db-5863eb50d957

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Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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