The Study of Politics

  • Authors
  • Maurice Duverger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 1-20
  3. Political Structures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-22
    2. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 23-53
    3. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 54-108
  4. The Causes of Political Antagonisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-111
    2. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 112-132
    3. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 133-175
  5. From Antagonisms to Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-178
    2. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 179-218
    3. Maurice Duverger
      Pages 219-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 261-312

About this book

Introduction

If the study of politics is to be rewarding both intellectually and practically it must. by definition. concern itself with the great issues which arise in the real world and with the fundamental arguments which occur about their nature and the possible solutions to them. Abstract political philosophy which is not informed by the experi­ ence of practice will become sterile. A study of constitutions and the machinery of government can become dry-as-dust and hence boring unless the underlying principles are analysed and grasped. But theo­ ries of political change divorced from an understanding of consti­ tutions and institutions will degenerate into mere phrase-mongering. Attempts to apply the techniques of the natural sciences to politics will lead to model building for its own sake and thence to arid and barren intellectualism unless it is understood that it is impossible to quantify the intangible. Indeed. anyone-sided approach to politics and consequent failure to grasp the essential wholeness of the sub­ ject is bound to end in disaster. The study of politics is a study of changing human relationships in dynamic societies. Thus it involves. since the present and hence the future are shaped in part by the past. an appreciation of history.

Keywords

Institution Integration conflict politics

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-3171-8
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1972
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-442-30698-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3171-8
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