Palonen, Kari, Walker, R. B. J., Alternatives: Global, Local, Political
It has become commonplace to claim that an interest in politics has been declining for some time, especially since the 1970s. Such claims tend to draw both on conventional electoral indicators of democratic participation, but also on a broader sense of a "democratic deficit" generated by the operation of a global market and transnational forms of governance. At the same time there has been a growing literature on the need to "rethink" politics. Indeed, "new" concepts of politics have been announced with some regularity, although in many respects they may have been little more than echoes of the feminist and alternative movements of the 1970s, often betraying an unfamiliarity with older debates and marginalized views. Studies of the conceptual history of politics always illuminate a rich variety of perspectives neglected by the prevailing historical narratives, not least those now enshrined in mainstream forms of political science. Yet whether in terms of a decline or the emergence of something new, it may be that the problematic character of the concept of politics has not been as widely discussed since the time of Weimar Germany.
The articles in this special issue seek to take up various dimensions of the conflicting claims about the decline and revitalization of contemporary politics that have provided much of the broad context for political …
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Publication information: Article title: Politics Revisited. Contributors: Palonen, Kari - Author, Walker, R. B. J. - Author. Journal title: Alternatives: Global, Local, Political. Volume: 28. Issue: 2 Publication date: March-May 2003. Page number: 167+. © 2008 Lynne Rienner Publishers. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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