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By John Hoffman

This e-book covers alphabetically either the main ideas in political concept and the major writers within the box. whereas making sure accuracy and objectivity, the entries characterize interpretations which are either hard and fascinating. the basis underlying the publication is that politics can't be studied with no concept, within which case the extra concrete and appropriate the speculation, the higher. featuring concept in an summary model makes it daunting for college kids who can locate it tricky to determine the hyperlinks among idea and perform. The definitions during this thesaurus for that reason relate political rules to political realities (i.e. daily controversies) in an try to lead them to as energetic, stimulating and available as attainable. phrases are chosen established upon the suggestions such a lot usually utilized in instructing.

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Citizens were equal, but divided naturally from slaves or serfs. The liberal tradition extends equality to all human beings, but this equality, it could be argued, is abstract and ignores the differences between people. To meet this argument, equality needs to be defined in a way that makes it compatible with difference so that to treat people equally, is to acknowledge and respect their difference. M537 - HOFFMAN TXT M_UP 13/12/06 1:22 PM Page 51 Gary Gary's G4:Users:Gary: POLITICAL THEORY A–Z 51 In what respects therefore are people equal?

Conservatives favour the concept of family, state, religion and nation. The family is seen as de-emphasising individual choice, while charity is preferred by some conservatives to welfare rights since the former relies upon the benevolence of the few rather than the entitlements of the many. Private property is supported but the market must not undermine tradition and hierarchy. The state is favoured as an institution since some conservatives argue that people need leaders and authorities to tell them what to do and think.

A concern with oppositions was published in 1966, and following the 1968 student rebellions, Dahl published in 1970 a work entitled, After the Revolution. He taught in Chile in 1967 and his growing reputation was reflected in the fact that he became president of the American Political Science Association in 1966–7. Further works on democracy followed in 1972 and 1973, but Dahl was becoming increasingly concerned by a problem that had not appeared to worry him earlier – the political power of corporate wealth.

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