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

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Political Theory

Derek Crabtree

IN OPENING AN ACCOUNT OF POLITICAL THEORY AT THE PRESENT time it is perhaps necessary to draw attention to an increasing ambiguity in the use of the expression. Its application to academic pursuits of quite differing nature is a feature of contemporary writings in the field of politics, and it is important, therefore, to de-limit the scope of this chapter. Along with the development of the empirical study of political organisation and behaviour which has been emphasised in other chapters of this book there has gone the tendency to apply the term ‘political theory’ to the theories which orient that research, and to the generalised statements about politics which can be made on the basis of its findings. One may ...

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