An Introduction to Politics, State and Society by Professor James McAuley

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Книга An advent to Politics, nation and Society An creation to Politics, nation and SocietyКниги Нехудожественная литература Автор: James McAuley Год издания: 2003 Формат: pdf Издат.:Sage courses Ltd Страниц: 240 Размер: 1,6 ISBN: 0803979320 Язык: Английский0 (голосов: zero) Оценка:This significant new textbook will equip scholars with an entire knowing of latest politics, kingdom and society within the uk this day. Key underlying topics include:The variations among conventional and replacement ‘sites of strength’ and what we suggest through ‘political’the relationships among politics, society and the way contributors develop into and stay engaged with politicsthe fast adjustments in modern social buildings and their influence on social and political lifethe position of human organisation and its value to social and political motion and movementscontemporary cultural and social dislocations and their influence on the various significant contested components of political existence today.Key positive aspects include:Key recommendations and issuesKey theorists and writersDiscussion questionsComprehensive and obtainable, An creation to Politics, kingdom & Society is an important textual content for all undergraduate scholars of politics, the modern country, energy and political sociology.

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Through reward and deprivation of political favours, the politician can manipulate support on certain issues. For Dahl, even if a minority of leaders controls the policies of political associations, the policies of the leaders in local government would tend to re¯ect the preferences of the populace. Citizens have little direct in¯uence on policies, but they may exert a large degree of indirect in¯uence through elections. The state is seen as having a range of pressure groups each trying to in¯uence government.

The relationship between nationalism and Theorizing Politics, Power and State 27 the nation-state is not therefore a straightforward one. It will be explored further in later chapters. Some of the above statements could easily give the impression that the state is a single actor with a highly uni®ed set of goals and aims. This is, of course, far from the case. Any state is composed of many individuals, organizations and groups. What is of interest is how, and why, they combine to pursue collective goals.

From a traditional liberal perspective a limited, restricted state is not a weak state, rather it exists to guarantee basic `natural rights' of the individual. One of the key functions of the state, therefore, becomes the protection of the individual from arbitrary interference, whether from other individuals or the state itself. The state itself has to be controlled and constantly checked in case it infringes civil liberties. Such a notion of pluralism cannot, however, always be reconciled with ideas of democracy.

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