The Symbolic Uses of Politics

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University of Illinois Press, 1985 - Political Science - 221 pages
The symbolic manifestations, purposes, and uses of politics are revealed in this provocative analysis of the institution of politics and man as a political animal. Unlike the conventional study of politics that deals with how people get the things they want through government, this book concentrates on how politics influence what they want, what they fear, and what they regard as possible. In examining politics as a symbolic form, it looks at man and politics as reflections of each other. -- Publisher description from http://www.press.uillinois.edu (Oct. 7, 2011).
 

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Edelman is my favorite political theorist. This book changed the way I look at, literally, *everything*. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
Symbols and Political Quiescence
22
The Administrative System as Symbol
44
Political Leadership
73
Political Settings as Symbolism
95
Language and the Perception of Politics
114
The Forms and Meanings of Political Language
130
Persistence and Change in Political Goals
152
Mass Responses to Political Symbols
172
Conclusion
188
Afterword 1984
195
Index
215
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About the author (1985)

Murray Edelman is professor of political science at the University of Illinois. His other works include The Licensing of Radio Services in the United States, 1927-1947 and, with Robben W. Fleming, The Politics of Wage-Price Decisions, 1946-1963: A Four-Country Analysis.

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