In Defense of Politics

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University of Chicago Press, Oct 25, 1993 - Political Science - 272 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
  

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

Contents

Preface to the Fourth American Edition
7
A Defence of Politics Against Ideology
34
A Defence of Politics Against Democracy
56
A Defence of Politics Against Nationalism
74
A Defence of Politics Against Technology
92
A Defence of Politics Against False Friends
111
In Praise of Politics
140
Who Grudge the Price
242
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

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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