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The terms of political discourse

Author: William E Connolly
Publisher: Oxford : Blackwell, 1993, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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Power. Interest. Freedom. Responsibility. Connolly explores and confronts sets of interrelated concepts such as these -- concepts whose meanings are persistently subject to debate in the context of  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William E Connolly
ISBN: 0631189599 9780631189596
OCLC Number: 29358369
Description: xviii, 257 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Essentially contested concepts in politics --
Essentially contested concepts --
An example : politics --
Descriptive and normative concepts --
The role of ordinary language --
2. Interests in politics --
The import of contests over interests --
Interests of policy preference --
Utilitarian interests --
Interests as need fulfillment --
Real interests --
Appraisals of real interests --
Interest-regarding explanations --
3. Power and responsibility --
Forms of power --
Power and responsibility --
Toward a paradigm of having power over --
Authority and legitimate power --
The idea of a power structure --
Power analysis and ideology --
4. The idea of freedom --
Freedom as a contested concept --
Freedom as a triadic relationship --
Freedom and autonomy --
Constraining conditions --
Assessments of overall freedom --
5. Conceptual revision and political reform --
On thought and action (in games and politics) --
Politics and responsibility --
6. The politics of discourse --
Politics and counter-examples --
Essentially contestable concepts --
Contestability and deconstruction.
Responsibility: William E. Connolly.

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