If we are to talk about a new paradigm, scholars and practitioners together need to define our starting line—the prevailing paradigm’s contributions and shortcomings and its underlying assumptions. As Thomas Kuhn says about paradigm shifts in science: “The decision to reject one paradigm is always simultaneously the decision to accept another, and the judgment leading to that decision involves the comparison of both paradigms with nature and with each other.”1 Starting points for thinking about the character of politics have varied widely. It is worth taking a few moments to situate the paradigm presented here in that larger spectrum.
KeywordsSocial Capital Soft Power Body Politic Newtonian Physic Citizen Form
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