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The Terms of Political Discourse. : Princeton Paperbacks - William E. Connolly

The Terms of Political Discourse.

Princeton Paperbacks

Paperback Published: 12th September 1993
ISBN: 9780691022239
Number Of Pages: 280

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William Connolly presents a lucid and concise defense of the thesis of "essentially contested concepts" that can well be read as a general introduction to political theory, as well as for its challenge to the prevailing understanding of political discourse. In Connolly's view, the language of politics is not a neutral medium that conveys ideas independently formed but an institutionalized structure of meanings that channels political thought and action in certain directions. In the new preface he pursues the implications of this perspective for a distinctive conception of ethics and democracy.

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Winner of the 1999 Benjamin Evans Lippincott Award, American Political Science Association "Connolly's arguments present a profound challenge to the link between political science and positivism, call into question our "objective' understanding of American institutional life, and give us the beginnings of important new epistemological bases of understanding."--Cecil L. Eubanks, The Journal of Politics

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introductionp. 1
Essentially Contested Concepts in Politicsp. 9
Essentially Contested Concepts
An Example: "Politics"
"Descriptive" and "Normative" Concepts
The Role of Ordinary Language
Interests in Politicsp. 45
The Import of Contests Over "Interests"
Interests as Policy Preference
Utilitarian Interests
Interests as Need Fulfillment
Real Interests
Appraisals of Real Interests
Interest-Regarding Explanations
Power and Responsibilityp. 85
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
The Idea of Freedomp. 139
Freedom as a Contested Concept
Freedom as a Triadic Relationship
Freedom and Autonomy
Constraining Conditions
Assessments of Overall freedom
Conceptual Revision and Political Reformp. 179
On Thought and Action (in Games and Politics)
Politics and Responsibility
The Politics of Discoursep. 211
Politics and Counter-Examples
Essentially Contestable Concepts
Contestability and Deconstruction
Bibliographyp. 248
Indexp. 253
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ISBN: 9780691022239
ISBN-10: 0691022232
Series: Princeton Paperbacks
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 12th September 1993
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.22  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised