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What happens to politics in the postmodern condition? The Politics of Postmodernity is a political tour de force that addresses this key contemporary question. Politics in postmodernity is carefully contextualized by relating its specific sphere - the polity - to those of the economic, social, technological and cultural. The authors confront globalization and the notion of postmodernity as disorganized capitalism. They analyze the role of the mass media, the changing ways in which politics is used, the role of the state and the progressive potential of politics in postmodern times. Closing with a postscript on the future of the discipline of political science, this book offers a profound yet highly accessible account


This book is called The Politics of Postmodernity. A simpler, less ambitious title would have been Politics in Postmodernity. That title would not have been misleading since the main question we are addressing is this: what happens to politics in postmodern times? However, we would not have been completely satisfied with that title. It would have suggested that politics in postmodernity could be addressed and analysed without any need for reflecting about what postmodernity, and related concepts such as postmodernism and postmodernization, ‘is’ or could be. We do not think that is the case.

For us postmodernity signifies not only a specific historical period with particular forces, actions and relationships – which we will analyse in this book – but also a particular discourse. It ...

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