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In Defence of Politics Sir Bernard Crick

In Defence of Politics By Sir Bernard Crick

In Defence of Politics by Sir Bernard Crick

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In Defence of Politics by Sir Bernard Crick

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.

In Defence of Politics Reviews

'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; '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.' The Guardian

About Sir Bernard Crick

Sir Bernard Crick is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Honorary Fellow in Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition; Acknowledgements; 1. The Nature of Political Rule; 2. A Defence of Politics Against Ideology; 3. A Defence of Politics Against Democracy; 4. A Defence of Politics against Nationalism; 5. A Defence of Politics Against Technology; 6. A Defence of Politics Against False Friends; The non-political conservative; The a-political liberal; The anti-political socialist; 7. In Praise of Politics; Three Footnotes; A Footnote to Rally the Academic Professors of politics (1964); A Footnote to Rally Fellow Socialists (1982); A Final Footnote to Rally Those Who Grudge the Price (1992); Epilogue (2000)

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In Defence of Politics by Sir Bernard Crick
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