In Defense of Politics

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First published in 1962, this account of the meaning and benefits of politics is updated for the 21st century. 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 fifth edition includes a substantial new preface and an afterword on "how politicians can threaten citizenship and common humanity". In it, Crick discusses the popular distrust for politicians both in the UK and USA, arguing that they have lowered the level of public debate for short-term gain. He looks at the tension between party government and citizenship; and he discusses how such short-termism is preventing timely attempts to tackle despoilation of the global environment.

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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.

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Sir Bernard Crick was Emeritus Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and Honorary Fellow in Politics at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He was chairman of the advisory group on The Teaching of Citizenship and Democracy in Schools and was presented with the Political Studies Association's Fiftieth Anniversary Award for lifetime achievement in political studies in 2000.

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