What is Politics?: The Activity and its Study

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What is politics? Is it a universal feature of all human societies,past and present? Is it tied to specific institutional arenas? Oris it found in all groups and organizations, large or small, formalor informal?
This new textbook seeks to provide answers to these importantquestions. Starting with what it means to 'think politically', thebook goes on to explore a wide range of meanings attributed to theconcept of politics from a variety of perspectives and theoreticaltraditions. It offers succinct and coherent overviews by some ofthe foremost scholars in the field, and each invites the reader tosee the activity of politics in a distinctive way. Topics coveredinclude politics as a form of rule, feminist approaches topolitics, Marxism and politics, the politics of human behaviour,environmental politics, politics as collective choice, and Islamand politics.
Written with the new student in mind, this concise introduction tothe study and activity of politics is essential reading for allthose coming to the discipline for the first time.

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Adrian Leftwich is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of York.

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‘I know of no other work that gives such a good indication ofthe various ways in which the study of politics can be approached.This book will be immensely helpful for new students.’Michael Levin, Goldsmith’s College, University ofLondon


‘This is a superb volume, which should quickly establishitself at the top of politics reading lists at all levels. Nostudent of politics can afford not to read it; its publication iscause for considerable celebration. The chapters themselves aresuitably diverse and, at the same time, accessible, eloquent andengaging. They establish supremely well the inherently contestednature of the subject matter of political analysis and can onlyserve to improve both mutual understanding between contending viewsof politics and the quality of future academic debate.’Colin Hay, University of Birmingham

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