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1. Why Despots Don't Belong in Politics; 2. The Classical Greeks: How to be a Citizen; 3. The Romans: The Real Meaning of Patriotism; 4. Christianity and the Rise of the Individual; 5. Constructing the Modern State; 6. How to Analyse a Modern State; 7. Relations between States: How to Balance Power; 8. The Experience of Politics: I - How to be an Activist; 9. The Experience of Politics: II - Parties and Doctrines; 10. The Experience of Politics: III - Justice, Freedom, and Democracy; 11. Studying Politics Scientifically; 12. Ideology Challenges Politics; 13. Can Politics Survive the Twenty-first Century? Further Reading; Index

About the Author

Kenneth Minogue, formerly Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics, and author of a number of books, including he Liberal Mind (1961), Nationalsim (1967), and Alien Powers: The Pure Theory of Idealogy (1985), as well as academic essays on a great range of problems in political theory.


This is a fascinating book which sketches, in a very short space, one view of the nature of politics the reader is challenged, provoked and stimulated by Minogue's trenchant views. * Ian Davies, Talking Politics *
a dazzling but unpretentious display of great scholarship and humane reflection. * Neil O'Sullivan, University of Hull *
Professor Minogue's slim volume is an admirably light and sensible guide to political practitioners and students who want to learn more about the theoretical and historical context of today's controversies. * Sir Philip Goodhart *
Kenneth Minogue is a very lively stylist who does not distort difficult ideas. * Maurice Cranston *
Minogue is an admirable choice for showing us the nuts and bolts of the subject. * Nicholas Lezard, Guardian *

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