The Pure Theory of Politics

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CONCLUSION

This book preaches no doctrine, advances no recommendations. Its purpose was to pick out certain elementary and pervading traits of Politics. Nothing was further from my mind than to paint on a large canvas a complete picture of Politics: I doubt whether this is feasible; I am sure that, were it successfully accomplished, the picture would represent Politics at a given place and moment. One would have to take a microscope to discern on this large canvas certain traits and articulations also to be found in pictures representing Politics at different times or places. This is what I have wanted to do. Thus whatever criticisms the present attempt deserves, it would, I feel, be unwarranted to hold against it that much has been left out: this would be a misunderstanding of the intention, which implied concentration on certain simple and ubiquitous aspects. As it seemed possible to reduce Movement to elementary forms, these were taken as a starting-point, in preference to Order, which is always complex, never quite the same, and therefore does not lend itself to analysis into unambiguous components. It is my hope that, after discussion, the simple concepts which have been hammered out here will prove useful in the statement of the far more complex situations obtaining in the real world.

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The Pure Theory of Politics
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Part I- Approach- Politics as History 1
  • Chapter 1- Configuration and Dynamics 3
  • Chapter 3- On the Nature of Political Science 29
  • Part II- Setting- Ego in Otherdom 41
  • Chapter 1- Of Man 43
  • Chapter 2- Home 48
  • Chapter 3- Otherdom 55
  • Part III- Action- Instigation and Response 67
  • Chapter 1- Instigation 69
  • Chapter 2- Response 83
  • Part IV- Authority- ''Potestas'' and ''Potentia'' 97
  • Chapter 1- On Being Heard 99
  • Chapter 2- The Law of Conservative Exclusion 109
  • Chapter 3- Place and Face 118
  • Part V- Decision 129
  • Chapter 1- The People 131
  • Chapter 2- The Committee, I (judicial or Political) 146
  • Chapter 3- The Committee, II (foresight, Values and Pressures) 157
  • Part VI- Attitudes 167
  • Chapter 1- Attention and Intention 169
  • Chapter 2- The Team against the Committee 176
  • Chapter 3- The Manners of Politics 187
  • Addendum the Myth of the Solution 204
  • Conclusion 213
  • Index 215
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