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Political Science (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 14) by H. Victor Wiseman

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Political Behaviour:

Parties, Groups and Elections

Robert E. Dowse

FOR MANY YEARS THE STUDY OF POLITICS IN BRITAIN WAS dominated by techniques and attitudes acquired in the study of disciplines other than ‘political science’. Politics was: 1. the tracing of the present institutional framework within which decisions are taken (history), or 2. a close scrutiny of the legal and constitutional rules involved in various forms of government (law and constitution), or 3. a combination of law and history. The academic study of politics was in fact simply British constitution with a few other countries thrown in (normally France and America) for comparison. Frequently the comparisons were invidious. In addition it was usual to include one or two courses ...

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